Lucas Leiva: “Savic is still with us, and I hope he stays”

Today, Lazio played against the Top 11 Radio Club of Auronzo di Cadore, in which they won 14-0. Lucas Leiva even earned himself a goal. Since joining Lazio, Leiva has become an early fan favorite, especially in a well shared moment against Juventus (earning cheers from reminiscent Liverpool fans as well):

Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva announces his arrival into the Serie A with a harsh tackle on Juan Cuadrado | Source: nss sports

Today he gave a press conference interview after the 14-0 win, talking about his choice to transfer to Lazio. “I’m fine here, and I’m happy. Lazio gave me the chance to change my life after 10 years in England.”

Angelo Peruzzi Lucas Leiva

Angelo Peruzzi and Lucas Leiva

When asked about the training at Auronzo he said: “We are doing well, the team has the drive to improve. Last year we had the same points as Inter and with less goals conceded it could’ve been even more memorable. Football is like that. No one even expected us to be in a fight for the last place of CL.”

Lucas Leiva of SS Lazio in action during the pre-season friendly match between SS Lazio and Auronzo di Cadore on July 18, 2018 in Auronzo di Cadore near Belluno, Italy. | Source: Getty Images Europe

When asked about the transfer market he wouldn’t comment much, but had this to say of the new arrivals: “They’ve done well. Acerbi has adapted quickly, but Berisha and Durmisi will need some time. When you play so offensively it is normal to concede a bit more, but with the new guys we can improve a lot. Even offensively.”

He was then asked about his Serbian team-mate, and superstar, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and the rumors of his departure.

“Sergej is still with us, and I cannot say anything on transfers. I’m happy he’s here, his a great player, had a great season, and I hope he’ll have another one this year.”

Milinkovic-Savic will make his return on the first of August, and will mark the first time in months that last seasons starting XI will be together in one spot. Hearing positive words from Leiva should spark hope in Laziali for a good season to come.

 

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