Lucas Leiva has admitted to the Liverpool Echo that he has been tempted to leave Liverpool in recent months.
Lucas, 28, was on the fringes of the Liverpool first-team at the start of the season, but has since become a central reason for the club’s recent upturn in form after breaking back into the line-up in November.
However, that has not stopped his signature from being the subject of intense speculation this month, with the likes of Gazzetta dello Sport reporting serious interest from Inter Milan.
Former Reds manager Rafa Benitez also tried to bring him to Napoli on loan in the summer, and the Brazilian midfielder concedes he was drawn to the prospect of reuniting with the man who first brought him to Anfield in 2007.
“We all know the relationship I have with Rafa, I don’t need to explain that,” he said.
“If it wasn’t for Rafa I probably wouldn’t be here. Rafa was so important for me, as Kenny [Dalglish] was as well.”
Having received praise from fans and media alike for his recent performances, Lucas stresses that he remains 100% committed to Liverpool, but admits that he’s not sure where his long-term future lies.
“It is normal when you are out of the team and have been at a club for a long time,” he added. “There are always rumours in the transfer window and it will be like that until February 2nd.
“I would be lying if I said I never thought about something new but I can’t tell you what is going to happen because it is football and we really don’t know. I just focus on today and leave the future to take care of itself.”
Nevertheless, having become one of the most important pieces of Brendan Rodgers’ side since returning to the line-up, it would seem more than foolish for Liverpool to allow him to leave in the current transfer window, or even in the summer with Steven Gerrard moving on.