Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva will try to convince new coach Maurizio Sarri of his qualities at this summer’s pre-season training camp.

As reported by Italian radio broadcaster Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, the 62-year-old Italian coach has asked for multiple midfielders this summer, wanting backups for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto as well as possibly a regista to play in front of the defense.


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In this summer’s retreat, Sarri will carefully evaluate Lucas Leiva, Gonzalo Escalante and Danilo Cataldi to see if they are good fits for his tactical system or not.


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After a year of many ups and downs, Leiva wants to recover his starting spot and convince Sarri that he is still the right man for the job. The 34-year-old Brazilian’s contract expires with the club at the end of next season and it’s unlikely that he will be offered a new deal.

The former Liverpool player made 32 Serie A appearances this campaign, for a total of 2157 minutes. In that time, he averaged 1.90 interceptions per 90 minutes, 2.95 tackles per 90 and won 2.24 aerial duels per 90.