Ayre hopes Uruguayan remains at Anfield for the long term.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says Luis Suarez will not be sold by the club after his bite on Branislav Ivanovic.
Suarez appeared to sink his teeth into the arm of the Chelsea defender in the second half of the clubs’ 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
Boss Brendan Rodgers hinted that the Uruguayan faced an uncertain future on Merseyside following the incident, insisting that no player is more important than the values of the club.
Buy Ayre, who had to cancel to holiday to the Far East in order to deal with the situation, has stressed that, while Suarez needs help with his behaviour, he will not be booted out of Anfield.
Asked if the incident had any bearing on the 26-year-old’s future at Liverpool, Ayre responded: “Not at all.
“It affects his future in the sense that we have to work with him on his discipline – but Luis is a very important player to the club,” Ayre added to the club’s official website.
The former Ajax striker top the Premier League scoring charts with 23 goals so far this season, and has been linked with a summer switch to Bayern Munich.
But Ayre stressed that the club are keen for Suarez to remain at Anfield for the long term.
“He’s a very popular player with his teammates. As we keep saying, he signed a new four-year contract last summer and we’d all love to see him here throughout that contract.
“He’s a fantastic player, top scorer and everything we’d want in a striker, so there’s no change there. This is more about getting him back on the right track and it’s largely down to Brendan now to work with him on that side of his character.”