Liverpool midfielder Lucas admits he was “very close” to leaving the club this summer but is “happy” to stay.
The Brazilian was on the verge of joining Besiktas when manager Brendan Rodgers recalled him for the Reds’ 0-0 draw with Arsenal; he then retained his place for last week’s 3-0 defeat to West Ham.
Lucas is Liverpool’s longest serving player – joining in 2007 – but played in only 20 Premier League games last season.
“I think the last couple of years, every transfer window my name is [linked with a move],” he told the club’s official website.
“Of course there are times when you think you might have to move on and I was very close to moving but one thing I will always have is commitment to this club.
“I’ve been here so long and I always said if I had the choice to be here and be happy, I would always choose Liverpool.
“When your future is in doubt, you might have to think of another solution, but I’m happy that it didn’t happen and I’m here to fight for the club as I have been doing for eight years.
“I’m just looking forward to a good season and putting Liverpool back where it belongs. I have this chance to say I’m fully committed.
“I’ve been here so long and I really love this club, I just need to now focus on my performance and help in the way the manager and the staff asked me to help.
“Hopefully, I’ll be an important player for the club this season.”