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Lucas signs new deal at Liverpool

ESPN staff
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Lucas Leiva revealed it was an easy decision to sign a new contract at Liverpool © Getty Images
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Liverpool have announced that midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield.

Lucas, 26, has made 208 appearances for the Reds since joining from Gremio in July 2007 and has emerged as a vital player in the heart of their midfield.

The Brazil international has had his injury problems in recent seasons and was out from mid-August until December with a thigh problem, but has recently been regularly involved under Brendan Rodgers, making 18 Premier League starts this season.

Reflecting on his new contract, Lucas told 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 an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here, I would like to give the best of my time to this club. 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."

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