Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has admitted that he has considered leaving Anfield due to a lack of first-team opportunities, but has stated that he wants to win the Capital One Cup beforehand.
The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield this month, with teams from Italy keen on signing him, but with a semi-final on the horizon, Lucas has admitted that all his focus is currently on getting to Wembley.
Inter Milan and Napoli have been the two clubs monitoring the midfielder, with Rafael Benitez keen on having a reunion with the player he coached back when he was in charge at Anfield.
However, despite the concrete interest from the Italian duo, no formal moves materialised and no bids were made, and after Brendan Rodgers declared his intentions to keep the midfielder, it now looks like Lucas is happy to remain on Merseyside.
It was reported that Inter Milan were keen to agree a loan deal until the end of the season, which would have seen him become the third player to join on loan this month, following Lukas Podolski from Arsenal and Xherden Shaqiri from Inter Milan.
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The loan deal was then set to be made permanent in the Summer if Lucas impressed from now until the end of the season. But despite their interest, Inter never lodged a formal move and it now looks like Lucas is content to stay in England.
"I just have to focus on what I can control and see what happens," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "I would be lying if I said I never thought about something new but I can’t tell you what is going to happen. I just focus on the day and leave the future to take care of itself."
Liverpool face Chelsea this evening in the Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg, and the Brazilian has admitted it's a dream to get to Wembley.
He added: ‘Of course Chelsea will always be in the way of what we want to achieve because they are a big club.
‘They are the same as Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City. When you get towards finals, you have to play them. Hopefully this time it will go our way.’