LONDON, England, March 3- Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry has revealed that star striker Luis Suarez did have a £40million release clause in his previous contract, but that it was ignored when Arsenal put a deal on the table to acquire him.
Last year Suarez publicly announced his intentions to leave the Anfield outfit after his release clause was triggered by Arsenal offering £1 over the £40million buy-out clause, but the Reds’ refusal to sell the 27-year-old later resulted in the Uruguayan signing a contract extension.
At the time there was some confusion as to whether or not there was a release clause, but Henry has confirmed this was indeed the case.
“Luis Suarez is the top scorer in the English Premier League which is arguably the top soccer league in the world,” he explained.
“And he had a buy-out clause — I don’t know what degree I should go into this – but he had a buy-out clause of 40 million pounds — more than $60 million.
“So Arsenal, one of our prime rivals this year, they offered 40,000,001 pounds for him and triggered his buy-out clause.
“But what we’ve found over the years is that contracts don’t seem to mean a lot in England — actually not in England, in world football. It doesn’t matter how long a player’s contract is, he can decide he’s leaving.”