Lucas Leiva eyes Brazil call-up after Lazio move
Lucas Leiva has set his sights on earning a Brazil call-up following his switch to Lazio earlier this summer.
The 30-year-old ended his 10-year association with Liverpool in July after he found himself out-of-favour under manager Jurgen Klopp. Leiva managed to start just 12 Premier League games during final season at Anfield, and this urged him to pursue a fresh challenge in his career.
The midfielder won just one League Cup during his decade-long spell at Anfield, but his time at Lazio started on a fruitful note as his debut came in a 3-2 triumph over Juventus in the Italian Super Cup. As a result, Leiva has already added to his trophy cabinet in Rome, and he is now said to be eyeing a comeback with Brazil.
"The Seleçao is an objective. As long as you play regularly and feel good, it's something that will always be in your thoughts. I do think about it all the time, but I am also fully aware of what I need and that is more than just performances. Other factors will also be decisive if I am to get back into the Brazil squad. Now I have to focus purely on getting a good campaign with Lazio, then if I have the opportunity, I'll do everything to honour the Brazil shirt." he told Fox Sports Brasil.
Leiva last got an opportunity to represent his nation in November 2013, but he will be optimistic about his chances after Paulinho was surprisingly picked from the blue when he was playing in the Chinese Super League. The 29-year-old has since moved to Barcelona, but Leiva could take it as an example to better his performances during the Serie A season.
The 30-year-old had also attracted interest from the likes of Gremio and Newcastle United - managed by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez, but he opted to join Lazio with a view to playing in the Europa League.