Wednesday 19 September 2018

Moura reveals reason for snub

PSG’s Lucas Moura
PSG’s Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura has revealed he snubbed a move to Manchester United to sign for Paris Saint-Germain after a last-minute intervention from Leonardo.

The Brazilian winger was close to moving to Old Trafford from Sao Paulo in 2012. But he says it was a phone call from fellow Brazilian Leonardo, who was working as PSG's sporting director, that convinced him to change his mind.

Moura said: "I was very close to joining Manchester United.


"It nearly happened but, at the last minute, Leonardo called me and spoke to me and my parents. It was a very difficult moment because suddenly I had to make a choice when I thought I was joining Manchester United.

"I thought about it a lot. I talked about it with my family and I made my choice. Football is like that. You have to choose a team."

The 23-year-old right-winger has 33 caps for Brazil, scoring four goals.

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