L'Hospitalet de Llobregat,
Catalonia, de Lucas emerged through the ranks of
RCD Espanyol, making his first-team debut on 15 May 1998 away against
Real Valladolid (his sole appearance of
the season) but being promoted to the main squad immediately afterwards. Subsequently, he became an important offensive element for the Pericos, appearing in 30
La Liga games and scoring four goals in
1999–2000 while helping the club to
Copa del Rey.
After his contract expired in 2002, and after an unassuming loan spell at
Paris Saint-Germain F.C. the previous year, de Lucas joined
 being relatively used in
his first and only season. His sole goal for the English was a well-executed chip in the
UEFA Cup against
Viking FK, in a
2–1 home win but 4–5 loss on aggregate.
De Lucas then returned to Spain, having a huge impact at
Deportivo Alavés, although most of his stint was spent in the
second division. He netted six goals in 40 matches as the
returned to the top flight after two years, being immediately relegated
the following campaign.
After another season in the second level, de Lucas became
Real Murcia's first signing after it
achieved a top flight return in 2007, agreeing on a two-year deal.
 He featured heavily in
his first year, notably scoring in a 1–1 home draw against
 but the club returned to division two.
In August 2009, de Lucas had a trial with
Blackpool after his Murcia link had expired,
Will Haining and
 However, he signed with
FC Cartagena –
freshly returned to the second division – shortly after;
 he scored the first goal of
the new campaign, a 1–0 success at
In late June 2010, after nearly helping Cartagena to another promotion (fifth place, with chances of promotion until the last two rounds) while scoring a career-best 11 goals, de Lucas moved to
Celta de Vigo for two years. He produced the same individual numbers in his first two years – 37 games, nine goals – helping the
Galicians promote to the top level in
2012 as runner-up.
suffering relegation from the second tier, with
Hércules CF, de Lucas retired from football at the age of 35. In February 2015, however, he returned to active, joining English amateurs