Suarez going nowhere, says Liverpool chief Ayre

The Reds’ managing director has again reiterated that the Uruguay international will remain at Anfield after the Merseysiders rejected two bids from Arsenal for the forward

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club’s position on wantaway forward Luis Suarez has not changed and reiterated the desire to keep him at Anfield.

As exclusively revealed by Goal, the Uruguay international has been the subject of two club record bids from Arsenal, the second of which amounted to £42 million, and is eager to leave Merseyside.

Suarez has since returned to pre-season training, and featured in Liverpool’s pre-season fixture against Melbourne Victory in Australia, and Ayre insists he is going nowhere.

He told Sky Sports: “We’ve got Luis Suarez in our squad, he’ll have trained today and he’s working hard.

“Despite what people think we’ve not had an intention of selling Luis, we’ve never said we want to sell Luis.

“He continues to work hard and train hard for Liverpool. That will continue and I’ll expect him to be here at the start of the season.”

Ayre confirmed that the Arsene Wenger has made two approaches for Liverpool’s star striker, but rejected the bids out of hand.

He continued: “It’s not something we’re interested in and, as our fans would expect, we rejected both. The player is not available for sale – that’s where we are and that’s where we’ll stay.

“I wish I had £1 for everyone that’s stopped me in the street saying ‘make sure Luis stays’. That’s what we’re doing.”

Since Suarez’s return to the fold, the managing director has been impressed with his professionalism and was delighted with the reception the fans gave him.

Ayre added: “I don’t think his demeanour has changed – he’s been a professional throughout. It’s just business as usual.

“Luis was on the back end of tour with us. He joined us in Melbourne, and seeing the fantastic support and adulation, nobody will know more than Luis how much he’s loved by this football club.

“I’m sure he’s going to stay – that’s always been our ambition and that’s what we expect to achieve.”

Bale to shine at Real Madrid, says Hughton

Tottenham have opened talks with the Blancos over a €115 million transfer of the Welshman and the club’s former assistant boss has backed him to succeed in Madrid

Gareth Bale would have no issue fitting in at Real Madrid, according to former Tottenham assistant manager, and current Norwich boss, Chris Hughton.

Goal revealed on Wednesday that the two clubs have opened talks over a €115 million deal for the Welshman, although Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy remains keen to hold onto his prized asset.

Hughton worked with Bale during his early days at White Hart Lane and believes the 24-year-old would have no problem settling, were he to make the move to La Liga.

“For me at the moment [Bale is] a world-class player, and generally those type of players are able adapt to whatever the circumstances are,” he told reporters.

“What Gareth has in his game is very adaptable, which he showed last season, he’s a wonderfully all-rounded player, I’m quite sure if anything was to happen he would be able to adapt fairly comfortably.”

Bale made 44 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham last season, scoring 26 goals, and Hughton is convinced the Welshman has shown he is one of the best players in the world.

“He was outstanding last season and I think he has gone into that level of world-class players,” he added.

“I think Tottenham have handled this very, very well. He’s their player, he will only go on their terms, that’s if he goes at all. But, I think they’ve handled it very, very well.

“It’s a very exciting prospect that a player, certainly a player that has developed in this country can be valued so high by one of the greatest clubs in the world.”

Barcelona extend Tello contract

The 21-year-old has put an end to the speculation surrounding his future by signing a new deal which will see him stay at Camp Nou until 2018

Cristian Tello has signed a new deal at Barcelona which will keep him at the club until at least 2018.

The 21-year-old has put an end to months of speculation surrounding his future at Camp Nou, with a €25 million clause inserted into his new contract, which extends his stay for an extra two years.

A statement on the Barcelona website said: “Cristian Tello has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until June 30, 2018 and contains a buyout clause of €25m.”

Tello had only signed his first professional first-team contract in December last season, where he would go on to play 34 games and score eight goals for the club.

The speedy winger joined Barca when he was 11 and rose up the youth ranks before breaking into the first team under former coach Tito Vilanova.

New boss Gerardo Martino has seen enough in Tello that he likes, with the attacker providing the Catalan giants with another another option in attack.

Official: Milan seal Silvestre loan

The Argentine will spend the next season with Massimiliano Allegri’s side after a frustrating campaign with the Nerazzurri last term

AC Milan have officially signed Inter defender Matias Silvestre on a season-long loan.

The 28-year-old joined the Nerazzurri from Palermo last season, but failed to nail down a regular starting spot for the club.

Milan, meanwhile, are in need of defensive reinforcements following the injury sustained by Daniele Bonera, confirming their interest in the Argentine shortly afterwards.

It had looked as though his cross-city move had been called off but the Rossoneri soon revived their interest and have got their man for the next year with an option of buying him.

“Inter announce that the Argentine defender Matias Silvestre has been transferred to AC Milan on loan with an option to buy,” a Nerazzurri statement read.

The centre-back began his career at Boca Juniors and first made the move to Serie A back in 2008, when he joined Catania.

He spent three years at the Angelo Massimino before moving to their Sicilian rivals and earned a €6 million move to San Siro a year later.

Gustavo open to Bayern exit

The Brazilian made 32 appearances for the treble-winners last term but faces an uncertain future at the Allianz Arena following the signing of two high-profile midfielders

Luiz Gustavo has admitted he could leave Bayern Munich this summer following the signings of Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze.

The Brazilian competed with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez for a place in the Bavarians’ midfield last term, but faces an uncertain future after new coach Pep Guardiola opted to bring in two midfielders during the summer transfer window.

There would appear to be no shortage of possible suitors for the 26-year-old – who lifted the Confederations Cup with Brazil in June – and though he says he is happy at the Allianz Arena, he refused to rule out a departure.

He told Sport-Informations-Dienst: “I am very happy at Bayern. I have two years left on my contract, but you don’t know what will happen until August 31.”

Speculation surrounding Gustavo’s possible exit has sparked interest from Wolfsburg, with the Bundesliga side’s coach Dieter Hecking expressing his desire to sign the player.

He said: “If Luiz Gustavo isn’t happy with his role at Bayern and if a change of club ahead of the 2014 World Cup makes sense, then we could make a deal”

Gustavo scored four goals in 32 appearances for Bayern last term.