Newcastle United Ready to Reunite Rafa Benitez With Player He Brought to Liverpool a Decade Ago

​Newcastle United have inquired about the possibility of reuniting Liverpool stalwart Lucas Leiva with his former manager Rafa Benitez, as the Magpies look to strengthen their squad following their promotion back to the Premier League.

After a couple of seasons on the periphery of the Reds first choice starting lineup, Lucas’s versatility in both the midfield and central defence is an attractive prospect for the Magpies, who need to improve the level of Premier League experience within their squad ahead of next season. 
The ​Northern Echo report that Benitez is eager to add a number of midfielders to the fold over the summer to provide competition and an experienced head – alongside the existing Jack Colback, Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey – required to be successful in the top-flight.

Benitez was the man who brought Lucas to Liverpool in a £5m move from Gremio in 2007, where he subsequently handed the Brazilian his Premier League debut.

This established relationship could prove to swing the pendulum in Newcastle’s favour as Lucas weighs up where he wants to play his football next season following his long-term role at Liverpool coming under serious question.
With one year remaining on his current contract at Anfield, Lucas is likely to feel as though he still has a lot more football in him after making only 24 Premier League appearances for the Reds last season.

With Jurgen Klopp looking at other midfield alternatives this summer, Lucas would have to settle for a significantly lesser role if he were to stay on Merseyside and extend his association with the club to 11 years. 

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Reports have suggested a possible return to Gremio in his native country, however his wage demands could rule out the move which would open the door for Lucas to reunite with Benitez if the Magpies boss can guarantee a run of games. 


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