Lucas Leiva wants to leave Liverpool amid Inter Milan links, sources say
Lucas Leiva wants to leave Liverpool and is intrigued by the prospect of a move to Inter Milan, sources have told ESPN FC.
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out letting the midfielder go in this transfer window, but ESPN FC has been told the Brazilian is willing to move and that he feels undervalued at Anfield.
Lucas has been a key factor in Liverpool's recent revival and they have not lost in any of his last 13 appearances, but the Brazilian has not forgotten that he was jettisoned from the team last January, when Steven Gerrard was installed as the anchor midfielder, and rarely started until his recall in November.
Lucas considered going last summer, when Rodgers would have allowed him to leave, and his recent return to favour has not been enough to persuade him that his long-term future lies at Anfield.
Inter have been linked with him and the 28-year-old would consider joining a club of their size.
Liverpool are already certain to lose their other most experienced midfielder, with Gerrard joining LA Galaxy in the summer, and Rodgers is now keen to keep Lucas.
He said in a news conference last week: "No, he is not one that we would want to lose in January. It is not something I would be willing to do in January. Of course at the end of the season everything is looked at again, but the team is in a good momentum."
Rodgers said last month that Liverpool have not received an offer from Napoli or any other club for Lucas.
Lucas, who joined Liverpool from Gremio in 2007, has made 262 appearances for the club and was named their Player of the Year in 2010-11.