Brazil's Lucio staying at Leverkusen
Brazil's Lucio staying at
BERLIN, June 29 (Reuters) - Bayer Leverkusen defender Lucio will stay with the
Bundesliga side and not transfer to Italian club AS Roma, the German team said
"This will put an end to all the speculation that he will be leaving,"
Leverkusen said in a statement, hours after the World Cup winner had said the
same thing in a German newspaper.
"I have decided to play for another year with Bayer Leverkusen. We have a strong
team and I feel extremely good here with my family," Lucio said in the statement.
The player said he had received offers from several European clubs in recent
weeks, including Roma and Italian champions Juventus, but that if he did
transfer to Serie A it would have only have been to Juve.
He added talks with Roma had not been concrete as reported.
"Neither my adviser Sandro Becker nor I had ever given a verbal or written vow
to the president of AS Roma, Mr. Sensi," he added.
Earlier, the player had told German newspaper Koelner Sonntags Express that he
would not be going to Roma.
"The subject of Roma is finished for me," Lucio was quoted as saying in the
newspaper. "It's a closed chapter.
"My family and me feel very comfortable here in Leverkusen. The fans love me and
I want to help Bayer get back into European competition."
On Saturday, the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in Italy reported the transfer
had run into difficulties over the player's wage demands.
The club had offered a salary of 2.8 million euros, the newspaper said.
The player's agent on Saturday denied he had asked for five million euros while
Lucio said on Sunday in the German newspaper that he had not even asked for a
salary of four million euros.
"That's nonsense," Lucio said in the Cologne-based newspaper. "I never asked for
"If President Sensi claims that then he's lying. He wants to lay the blame with
me and my manager because the transfer didn't work out. I'm very angry and
disappointed about that.
"We all know that the times are no longer what they were. I'm not a money
Lucio, who helped the 2002 Champions League finalist avert relegation this
season, said that he had no interest in moving to Real Madrid, whose offer he
had already turned down.
"If I were to transfer to Spain, then preferably to Barcelona. That was always a
dream of mine."
Roma and Leverkusen were reported earlier this week to have agreed a transfer
price of 15 million euros ($17.12 million).