Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani says Luis Suarez is holding out for a move to Real Madrid and was not keen on a switch to Arsenal.
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Suarez returned to action for Liverpool last weekend and scored twice against Sunderland in his first Premier League game since he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and served a subsequent 10-match ban.
The Uruguayan striker was hotly tipped with a move away from Anfield this summer with Arsenal submitting a £40million plus £1 bid for the Suarez but Liverpool refused to sell.
And now his international team-mate – who did make a big money switch from Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain – says Suarez is still dreaming of a move to Real Madrid.
Cavani said: ‘It is no surprise to me at all that Luis has come back for Liverpool and is scoring goals right away.
‘He is the most complete striker in England - and one of the most complete strikers in the world. Ability and confidence is no issue for him, he will score a lot of goals this season I am sure.
‘I am sure Liverpool fans are very happy Luis stayed - he will be a big player for them. I think Arsenal was not Luis's dream move, maybe if it had been Real Madrid then it would have been a different outcome - but of course Madrid were concentrating on a different target this summer.
'It is his dream club - and a club he thinks is worth waiting for.’
After forking out £86m for Gareth Bale, Real did not want to pay Liverpool's asking price of £55m for Suarez.
Liverpool would still demand the same fee in January and any potential transfer would depend on how the sides are performing by December.
Real may decide they do not need the striker if their form improves, while if Liverpool are still in a position to contend for the title, they will be more reluctant to sell Suarez.
The player is still keen on the idea of moving to Madrid - and his agent Pere Guardiola is also happy for him to do so.
If any potential transfer looks like happening, Arsenal may try to intervene - although Liverpool are not keen on selling to a domestic rival.
Arsene Wenger wanted to secure the striker's services in the summer but could not, instead splashing £42.5m on Mesut Ozil.