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Wednesday 13 December 2017

PSG ready to provide Suarez with an escape route

THE first indications have emerged that other clubs will seek to capitalise on Luis Suarez's uncertain future at Liverpool, with Paris Saint- Germain suggesting that they may seek to sign the player this summer.

Manager Kenny Dalglish has not discussed the Uruguayan striker since last Saturday's refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand heaped embarrassment on the club in the wake of the racism case and Suarez's eight-match ban.

Dalglish said: "I can only reiterate what we have said already. We have drawn a line under what happened and we just want Luis to concentrate on his football now."

Dalglish, who faces a far tougher task delivering the Champions League football Suarez will covet, must also seek to repair Liverpool's relationship with the player.

Suarez's conduct on Saturday has been a source of profound anger in the Anfield boardroom, but Liverpool are also aware that they risk losing him if he feels alienated.

Though Suarez has always declared Spain to be a nation in which he would like to play football, the appeal of the Qatari-backed PSG will have been enhanced by the comments yesterday of his Uruguayan national captain, Diego Lugano, who plays for the club.

Welcoming

Lugano risked reigniting the controversy Liverpool's three public apologies have sought to defuse by welcoming the Liverpool striker's refusal to shake Evra's hand.

He said: "You have to have balls to do what Luis did on Saturday. He followed his principles. We live in a democracy, and if you do not want to greet someone, you do not do it and less so if that person has made you experience some bad moments."

Suarez apologised on Sunday for snubbing Evra's handshake -- although he did not say sorry to the Frenchman -- and Lugano said the whole controversy was nothing more than a "football argument".

He added: "Take into account that England is historically a colonial country and racism is a sensitive subject, but we all know it has nothing to do with what happened between Luis and the Manchester United player. It's a football argument, and many false moralists and hypocrites have profited."

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