Brazilian clarifies social media post where he said 'goodbye' to Liverpool fans.
Lucas Leiva has dismissed suggestions that he will leave Liverpool this summer after appearing to post a farewell message to the club's supporters.
Following the Anfield club's second-place finish in the Premier League yesterday, the Brazil international wrote on his Instagram account: “Yesterday I finished my 7th season with Liverpool. I want to thank the ones who supported me all this years. #thankyou #goodbye”.
That post led to intense speculation that the 27-year-old will part ways with the Reds this summer, having fallen down the midfield pecking order to the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allen over the previous campaign.
With Brendan Rodgers expected to undertake a significant squad rebuild during the close season after Liverpool fell short in the title race to champions Manchester City, the future of Lucas and several other first-team players have come under scrutiny.
But in a post on Twitter today, Lucas moved to refute claims that he had been deemed surplus to requirements and insisted that his 'goodbye' message was a sign-off for the season rather than his seven-year career with Liverpool.
O tchau foi referente a temporada que terminou nada mais . The goodbye that I said it is about the season that finished nothing else.— Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) May 12, 2014