Ayre: We won't sell Suarez
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:16:00
Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling has extended his contract by a further two years to tie him to the club until 2017.
Kiessling's previous deal was not due to expire until 2015 but that has not prevented Leverkusen from extending it.
"Stefan Kiessling has become a top performer at Bayer Leverkusen, a leader and the face of the club," Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser said of the 29-year-old.
"His development since 2006 has been phenomenal. I hope he will finish his career with us."
Kiessling, the top scorer in last season's Bundesliga, joined Leverkusen from Nurnberg in 2006 and is delighted to have committed further to the Westphalian club.
"I'm really happy," he said. "Bayer is my club and I feel really comfortable here.
"Leverkusen has become my home, where my wife and my children are happy.
"The environment is also perfect for me from a sporting perspective.
"Now I want to make a contribution to make Bayer Leverkusen successful over the coming years."
The Uruguayan forward has hinted that he wants to leave Liverpool this summer, leading to speculation that he might be on his way to a club who could offer him Champions League football.
Arsenal are currently leading the chase for the 26-year-old and lodged a bid of Â£40m +Â£1 earlier this week.
But Ayre told a press conference in Thailand, where Liverpool are preparing for a pre-season friendly, that the stance on Suarez had not changed.
"The situation with Luis Suarez remains the same," said Ayre. "It's never been our intention to sell Luis.
"We have received two separate offers from Arsenal and have rejected both."
Liverpool will play the Thai national team on Sunday and Suarez will feature at some point, although he is still short of fitness, having been given time off following the Confederations Cup.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said: "He's three weeks in schedule behind other players.
"But one thing about Luis is he loves to play the game, he loves training and working. I'm sure at some stage of the game, he will play a part."