Lucas signs long-term Liverpool deal

Liverpool have confirmed that Brazil international midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract to remain at the Premier League club, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Lucas is the latest in a long line of Liverpool players to have put pen to paper in recent months, joining the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard in agreeing fresh terms to stay at Anfield for the foreseeable future.

He said in a statement released on the club’s official website: “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 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 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 moved to Merseyside in the summer of 2007, joining from Gremio, and has gone on to play more than 200 times for the Reds, recovering from some long-term injury problems to remain part of manager Brendan Rodgers’ squad.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre added: “It’s fantastic. 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.

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.

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