Luis Suárez is not leaving Liverpool

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Don’t worry, Liverpool fans – the season’s top scorer is not on his way out of Anfield. Luis Suárez has dismissed speculation that he’s set to transfer to another team.

Prior to the start of this season, it looked as though Suárez would be on his way to Arsenal. While serving a suspension after biting Branislav Ivanović, the Uruguayan tried to force through a move, apparently unhappy at Liverpool.

But even with his delayed start to the season, Suárez went on to fantastic success. He scored 31 goals in 33 matches, helping the Reds to a title challenge and ultimately into a second-place finish. His superb play, combined with an apparent attitude adjustment, saw him reaping individual awards as well. Suárez picked up both the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards.

Liverpool didn’t wait until the season finished to tie down their star. In December, Suárez signed a new long-term deal, keeping him at the club for four-and-a-half more years.

Yet that show of commitment was not enough to stop the rumors. It was alleged that the contract contained a clause permitting him to leave to join either Barcelona or Real Madrid. But Suárez has denied that such a clause exists.

The star, it seems, has finally found his place in the sky. He loves Liverpool, and he wants the world to be sure of that:

I signed the contract because I love it here and I’m so happy here. If you’re not happy here you don’t sign any contract. Liverpool’s team for me is one of the best in the world. I love it here and this mentality I like because maybe in some other dressing rooms I am bigger than you and another bigger. It’s difficult for the teammates to play together on the pitch in something like that.

Video: Ronaldo scores fourth goal, gives Portugal early lead

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He has four goals in less than two matches, and Portugal is off to another flying start courtesy of their star forward.

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Cristiano Ronaldo gave the Portuguese a 1-0 lead against Morocco in the fourth minute after brilliantly heading home a corner kick.

The Real Madrid star gave Portugal a similar spark at the beginning of their 3-3 draw against Spain in their first Group B match when Ronaldo drew, and scored a penalty kick inside of the opening three minutes.

Is there anything this man cannot do?

Reports: Alli unlikely to play in England’s second Group G match

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The Three Lions may not have taken all good news away from the team’s 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener.

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Several reports are suggesting that England will likely be without Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli in their second Group G match against Panama on Sunday.

Alli was forced out of England’s opener with a thigh strain, which gave manager Gareth Southgate the decision to put in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

There isn’t a timetable for the 22-year-old’s return to the pitch, but his absence will definitely present a major question for Southgate heading into the rest of group play.

Without Alli in the starting XI, it’ll likely be between Loftus-Cheek and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard to fill the role where Alli normally sits.

In the case of Lingard, who started against Tunisia, the England boss would have to bring in another starter if Southgate opts to have the Red Devils attacker sit in as the number 10.

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.