Liverpool star Lucas Leiva reflects on ‘intense’ transfer window
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva reflects on an 'intense' transfer window for the Merseyside outfit
Lucas Leiva has reflected on an “intense” transfer window for the Liverpool midfielder.
The Brazil international was drafted into Brendan Rodgers’s first-team for their goalless draw with Arsenal at The Emirates last month.
I’ve been here so long and I always said if I had the choice to be here and be happy, I would always choose Liverpool
Lucas’s appearance in north London was reported to be his final for the Merseyside outfit amid reported interest from Turkish side Fenerbahce.
However, the 28-year-old defensive midfielder remained at Anfield beyond the close of the summer transfer window.
And Lucas was keen to emphasise his continued contentedness at the 18-time English champions despite talk of a move sway in the summer.
“It’s been very intense [the window], to be honest,” Lucas told Liverpool’s website.
“I think the last couple of years, every transfer window my name is [linked with a move].
“Of course there are times when you think you might have to move on and I was very close to moving but one thing I will always have is commitment to this club.
“I’ve been here so long and I always said if I had the choice to be here and be happy, I would always choose Liverpool.
“When your future is in doubt, you might have to think of another solution, but I’m happy that it didn’t happen and I’m here to fight for the club as I have been doing for eight years.
“I’m just looking forward to a good season and putting Liverpool back where it belongs. I have this chance to say I’m fully committed.
“I’ve been here so long and I really love this club, I just need to now focus on my performance and help in the way the manager and the staff asked me to help.
“Hopefully, I’ll be an important player for the club this season.”
The South American midfielder has scored six times in 277 appearances in all competitions for the five-time European champions from Brazilian side Gremio in 2007.
Lucas joined Liverpool in a £5m deal after he was signed by former Reds manager Rafael Benitez.
The Brazilian has won the League Cup and reached the Champions League final during his eight-year stay at the Reds.