Luis Suarez has reportedly given up his bratty attempt to leave Liverpool.
The controversial striker arrived in Japan for Uruguay's friendly against the Samurai Blue with his lips tightly sealed regarding his desire to exit Anfield for Arsenal.
But overnight, a respected local journalist, Martin Chaquero, tweeted that Suarez had told him personally that he is now resigned to staying at the Reds.
"Luis Suarez confirms to me that he will not leave Liverpool. The support of the fans in recent weeks influenced his decision,” Chaquero said.
"Suarez sees it as likely that he'll sign a renewal (extension) to the contract that binds him to Liverpool."
If true, it is a remarkable about turn from Suarez, who may have come to terms with the fact that Liverpool will not sell him to one of their biggest local rivals as a matter of principle.
But Reds fans will not believe for a second the journalist’s assertion that their support convinced Suarez to stay.
They know now that if Real Madrid were to make a late bid for Suarez, he would probably even sell his mother to slavery to join them, no matter how much Liverpool’s supporters want him to stay.
And Liverpool fans should not be deluded by talk of a new contract for Suarez either.
If anything, it simply means that Suarez and his agent know they currently have no leg to stand on regarding the alleged clause in his contract allowing him to leave if Liverpool did not make this season’s Champions League.
And any new contract will surely just contain an official clause stipulating that Suarez can go if the Reds fail in their pursuit of a top-four position again, and for how much.
Liverpool have seemingly stuck to their guns and struck a victory against ‘player power’ at the risk of having an unhappy world-class star on their books.
They have gambled that Suarez will now return to spearhead their battle for a Champions League spot in a World Cup year.
And with Suarez firing on all cylinders, Liverpool’s chances of achieving their season’s objectives are surely more realistic.
Meanwhile, Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has again stressed the significance of the club retaining the badly behaved but brilliant striker.
"It’s very important he stays. Luis is one of the best players in the world and I can certainly see why other clubs are interested in him," he said.
"If I can use my influence to try to get him to stay then of course I will because I love playing with him.
"I don't want him to go and, for Liverpool to be successful and move forward, we have to keep our best players."