Liverpool football club yesterday announced midfielder Lucas Leiva has committed his future with the club by signing a new “long term” contract extension.
The 26-year-old was signed from Gremio in 2007 and has since become a regular at Anfield, playing 143 matches in the Barclays Premier League. Lucas’s previous deal was due to expire in 2015, but the new contract will extend his stay on Merseyside 2018. The Brazilian couldn’t hide his happiness in front of the reporters and admits that he is delighted to have put pen to paper.
“It’s another long-term contract that I have signed – but it was the same feeling as when I first came here. 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. 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.”