Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce that Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
The Brazilian committed his future to the Reds by putting pen to paper on his fresh deal at Melwood on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s another long-term contract that I have signed — but it was the same feeling as when I first came here,” Lucas said immediately after signing the contract. ”I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. It’s where I think 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.”
Lucas originally joined Liverpool from Gremio in the summer of 2007. He has since gone on to make 208 first-team appearances, scoring six goals.
The 26-year-old has since established himself as a firm favorite among Reds fans.
“It’s fantastic,” managing director Ian Ayre added. “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.
“The manager has said several times that as well as having a great, young squad, it’s important we have experience and it’s important we have characters. People like Lucas fit that.
“He’ll tell you he’s still very young, but in footballing terms he’s experienced and a big part of the team.”
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