Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Liverpool midfielder joins Lazio

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva said on Tuesday he had abandoned "one of the best clubs on the planet" for another life at Lazio.

The 30-year-old Brazilian, who played 346 times in his 10 years at Liverpool, in the wake of joining from Gremio in 2007, marked for the Serie A club subsequent to passing a restorative in Rome.

English media reports said Liverpool had acknowledged an offered of £5 million for Lucas, who has 24 tops.

In an open letter to the Premier League club's fans, he said the main reason he had left was "to play as much as I can".

"The most straightforward thing for me to do is remain here for whatever length of time that I can, regardless of the possibility that I don't hope to play so regularly," he said in the letter distributed on the club's site.

"In any case, that would conflict with everything that I have confidence in as a footballer and as a contender."

Lucas, who had been Liverpool's longest-serving current player, stated: "Liverpool as a club and Liverpool as a city is an exceptional place. I believe it's not the same as all over."

Lazio completed fifth in Serie An out of 2016/17.

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