Rodgers will not be allowing the Brazilian to move in January.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Serie A giants Inter Milan to forget about signing Brazilian international midfielder Lucas Leiva in the January transfer window, report the Daily Star, with the Anfield chief determined to keep the holding midfielder at Anfield for the foreseeable future.
Having already signed Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski on loan during the winter window, Inter manager Roberto Mancini had been linked with another swoop for the Liverpool midfielder, but Rodgers insisted that the Brazilian would be going nowhere during the current window – although the situation would be reviewed at the end of the season.
Whilst Lucas has not been an ever-present for Liverpool this season, he has been involved for Rodgers more often than not and is arguably the only midfielder in the squad whose main asset is his protection of the back four, meaning that Lucas is vital to ensuring that the Reds line up is well balanced in bigger games.
With Steven Gerrard set to leave at the end of the season, Lucas is also set to become one of the club’s longest serving players and it may be that Rodgers is determined to keep hold of him for the sake of continuity.