Lucas Leiva would like to stay with Lazio for another year but it’s still unclear if a new deal will be offered or not.
The 35-year-old Brazilian midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of this season, meaning he’s currently set to depart Rome after five years of service. The former Liverpool man seemed destined to return to Gremio in the summer but now things are a little less clear.
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As reported by Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24), Leiva would like to return to Gremio before the end of his career but he loves Lazio and so wants to stay with the club for one final season.
The Biancocelesti, however, have not given any signs that a renewal will be offered, something that was previously seen with other veteran players like Miroslav Klose, Senad Lulic and Marco Parolo, who all left on free transfers with fairly little fanfare.
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The importance of Leiva is not in question. Despite his age, he has returned to being a regular figure in Sarri’s squad since February and the defence has improved with his inclusion.
The major problem is Leiva’s salary; the 35-year-old Brazilian midfielder currently earns €2.3 million net per season, and this would need to be dropped if he wanted to stay.