Wednesday 10 April 2013

Lucas joy at signing new deal at Liverpool

Brazil midfielder extends stay at Anfield after signing 'long-term' contract

Lucas Leiva has become a fixture at Anfield

Liverpool have announced that Lucas Leiva has signed a new “long-term” contract at the club.

The 26-year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder joined from Gremio in 2007 and has become a fixture at Anfield, playing 143 matches in the Barclays Premier League despite two serious knee injuries. His previous deal was due to expire in 2015, but the new contract will extend his stay on Merseyside and Lucas is delighted to have put pen to paper.

"Liverpool is where I belong and where I wanted to stay"
Lucas Leiva

"It's another long-term contract that I have signed - but it was the same feeling as when I first came here," he told the club's website. "I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. It's where I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here.

"It was an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here, I would like to give the best of my time to this club. It was not a difficult decision to make and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more years with a lot of success."

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre hailed the impact Lucas has had at the club. "He has been such a great servant to the club and I think during the period he went through with his two injuries, he put so much work into it and the club supported him through it,” Ayre said. "He just goes from strength to strength.

"We said throughout last summer and January, we wanted to keep our best, experienced players, and this is another great example of that.

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Key Points

  • Lucas Leiva has signed a new "long-term" deal at Liverpool
  • The 26-year-old joined from Gremio in 2007 and was happy to extend his stay
  • The defensive midfielder has appeared in 143 Barclays Premier League matches for Liverpool