Lucas Moura has revealed why he turned down a move to Manchester United before signing with Paris Saint-Germain.
Man United were strongly linked with a move for Lucas in January 2013 but he eventually opted to join PSG in a £34m deal from Sao Paulo.
Lucas has gone on to make over 100 appearances for PSG, who currently enjoy a huge lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table. The Brazilian admitted he was attracted to PSG’s “project”.
“I was very close to coming to Manchester United before I signed for PSG,” Lucas said.
“It was honestly my choice to join PSG. I have all the respect for Manchester United, a great club with more tradition than Paris Saint-Germain, but I really liked the project PSG showed me. There are several Brazilians in the PSG squad which made a difference in my decision too. You know, I was quite young and it does make a difference to have some compatriots beside you. It helped me to settle down in Europe.
“It’s a dream for any player having the opportunity to play in the Premier League. Everybody knows it is the most competitive league in the world. It’s really great to follow it, as you can’t predict who is going to win the trophy. You don’t see this happening in any other place with five or six teams having a real chance of being champions. Maybe one day I’ll have the privilege of playing there, but now I’m totally focused on PSG with many goals to achieve yet.
“I’ve never had a club in England that I liked to follow most. If I can watch a game of the Premier League, I’ll do it regardless which clubs are on the pitch. Of course, it’s easier to watch matches from the big teams, but there’s no special club for me in England.”
United could certainly have done with a player of Lucas’ qualities this term as their struggles up top have been well documented.
Unfortunately, he was one of a number of players who have slipped from United’s grasp, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Ronaldinho also coming close to moving to Old Trafford in recent years.