Suarez seeks another step up

David Moyes says he has money to spend this summer, with

Manchester United looking to land ‘the best players’ around.

Having succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, Moyes has

been released from the transfer shackles which occasionally left

him frustrated at Everton.

There is no bottomless pit of cash at United, but the Scot

claims to have been informed that there are no budget


That has given him the freedom to chase any target he likes,

with United reported to still be mulling over approaches for

Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale and former fans’ favourite

Cristiano Ronaldo – who remains on the books at Real Madrid.

Moyes is reluctant to divulge the identity of those on his

summer shopping list, but expects to be backed by his board in any

decisions he takes.

After seeing his first game at the United helm end in a 1-0

defeat to the Singha All Star XI on Saturday, Moyes said: “Isn’t it

great that the club says, ‘There’s no budget here, you go get who

you want to get, just go and do it’.

“We are looking at the best players. I do think it’s important

that we show people we are carrying on the traditions and trying to

take the club forward.

“I will not name anybody, but certainly we are always looking at

the best players. I think we are trying to strengthen in a couple

of areas. We are short in midfield.

“We are also a club which tends to invest in the youth side, so

you can expect us to go for players in that age group.

“We are working hard to make sure the first signing is the right

one. I have been left a really good team and I want to add to it


The Uruguay international has expressed a desire to leave

Anfield after becoming disillusioned with life in England.

He has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, but Spanish giants

Real Madrid are considered to the frontrunners in the race for his


Liverpool are reluctant to let the unsettled striker leave, with

boss Brendan Rodgers in ‘constant communication’ with the South

American, but Suarez has reiterated that he will push for a move if

he can further his career elsewhere.

He said: “If I receive an important offer to progress my career,

I will study it. Some clubs have asked about me but I hand

questions over to my agent. I am no stranger to rumours.

“I always want to improve. That’s why I left Ajax for


“But this club needs to fight to enter the Champions League and,

when it doesn’t happen, it damages the morale of any player. So

I’ve suffered.

“It is hard to view the Premier League every week with never a

chance of winning it.

“On top of that, the English media do not understand me. The

controversies with (Patrice) Evra and (Branislav) Ivanovic were

decisive. There are always extra questions when people analyse


“After the Evra incident, it was very difficult to convince

people about the ‘real’ Luis Suarez. Things had improved but then

the incident involving Ivanovic was another blow.

“Had that not happened, perhaps I would have been regarded as

the best Premier League player last season.”