Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been speaking about his future in an interview with Radio Joven Pan with his comments later published online by the Liverpool Echo.
The Brazilian midfielder is a fan favourite at Anfield and he has featured 315 times for the Reds to date, including 40 times in all competitions last season.
Despite that the 29-year-old cannot say with certainty that he is in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans heading into the new campaign.
“It is the first transfer window in which Klopp will participate more actively in Liverpool, so I’ll just get a better idea when I return,” Lucas said.
“Whatever happens, the idea, as always, is to stay in Europe, especially in England, which has a very strong and good league to play.”
Given Lucas’s talent and the fact that he is still only 29, there are likely to be plenty of Premier League suitors if he is deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield.
That said, Klopp will know how hard it is to sign holding midfielders with the ability to compete in the English top flight and with a contract until the summer of 2017 it may be wise to keep hold of Lucas for at least another year.
Whatever happens, expect a busy summer of ins and outs at Liverpool as they seek to build a side capable of challenging for next season’s title.