Lucas Moura turned down Manchester United because of PSG sporting director Leonardo
Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura has revealed sporting director Leonardo is the reason behind his decision to join the Ligue 1 club over Manchester United.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder moved to the Parc des Princes this month after the club agreed a reported €35 million fee with São Paulo in August.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side were amongst several clubs also looking to sign Moura, but the Seleção star has revealed fellow Brazilian Leonardo persuaded him to ignore other offers.
He told Telefoot TF1: "Manchester United wanted me but I talked a lot with Leonardo and he convinced me.
"It's an honour for me to play with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic. I will learn a lot from this side."
Lucas is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in world football and his father has stressed that his son's talent is matched by his level-headed approach.
Jorge Moura said: "Lucas is a modest kid. He never lost his head and this is priceless."