Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dealt Serie A side Inter Milan a massive transfer blow after ruling out any potential sale of midfielder Lucas Leiva.
The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield this month, with a loan-move to Inter in the pipeline, but Rodgers has today rubbished those reports and has confirmed that the midfielder will remain a Liverpool player.
Lack of First-Team chances
Lucas has struggled for regular first-team football during his entire Merseyside career, with injuries causing him a lot of issues over the years.
Now back to full-fitness, Lucas is still struggling to play consistent football due to the midfield partnership of Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard, but with the latter set to leave in the summer to join LA Galaxy, Rodgers may start using Lucas more often next season.
The Liverpool captain confirmed that he will be ending his association with the club and will be joining the MLS in the summer once his contract expires, and that means a first-team spot could open up for Lucas.
Inter Milan deals
As for Inter, they have already been busy this month, bringing in Arsenal's Lukas Podolski and Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri on loan deals until the end of the season. However, club officials are ready to offer more funds to Roberto Mancini so that they can bring in Lucas on a permanent basis.
The Italian side were expected to launch a formal bid later this month, but their chances have been dealt a blow as Rodgers confirms Lucas won't be leaving this month.
“I have spoken to Lucas, but we have had nothing from them [Inter],” said Rodgers, as relayed by the Daily Express.
“He’s just enjoying playing and he’s playing very well.
“No, he is not one that we would want to lose in January. Of course at the end of the season everything is looked at again, but the team is in a good momentum.
"No, he is not one that we would want to lose in January. Of course at the end of the season everything is looked at again, but the team is in a good momentum"
“We are starting to find our feet and players are starting to adapt and work really well so I don’t need to disrupt them.”