Lucas wanted new challenge

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Lucas Leiva has revealed that his move to Lazio was initiated by “the need for a new challenge” but also confessed that he was very close to a move to Inter Milan in the past.

The former Liverpool stalwart who spent a decade at Anfield was bought by the Serie A club in the summer a season a replacement for Lucas Biglia but he then implied that he would have played in Italian football had Roberto Mancini had his way when he was a manager at Inter Milan.

“It is true that Mancini wanted me. He knew of me from his time in England. I played against City on so many occasions, but nothing was agreed between Liverpool and Leicester,” Lucas said in an interview with Corriere dello Sport. Lucas was loved by the Liverpool faithful and made 347 appearances scoring seven goals. He went there initially as an attacking midfielder but it became apparent that his best role was in the defensive midfield position.

There has been speculation about the Brazilian international moving for a couple of seasons now and he eventually took the plunge in the summer.

“After 10 years at Liverpool, I needed a new challenge and Lazio, the Italian League, The City of Rome, they were all very good things for me deciding to come here.”

He also made 24 appearances for the Brazilian National team spanning seven seasons but failed to get in the scoresheet.
Lucas only won the one trophy in his time at Liverpool which was the League Cup in the 2011-12 season. To mark his ten years at the club he received a commemorative trophy to mark the achievement.

He won a trophy in his very first game for Lazio when they bagged the Italian Super Cup beating Juventus 3-2 in a thrilling game back in August of this year.

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