Lucas Moura admits he does not ‘regret’ turning down a move to Manchester United after coming close to moving to Old Trafford in 2013.
The now Tottenham star was amongst the best prospects in South America after breaking through at Sao Paulo, with Manchester United amongst a host of leading European clubs to have expressed an interest in signing the Brazilian six years ago.
Moura would ultimately decide to join Paris Saint-Germain in a then club-record deal for the Ligue 1 side, where he would enjoy a hugely successful five-year stay, winning a host of major honours including four league titles.
Despite revealing that talks were held regarding a switch to the Red Devils and that a move was ‘close’, Moura insists he has no regrets regarding his decision to move to France and believes his time in Paris greatly helped his development into the player he is today.
“Yes, there was a conversation,” Lucas told ESPN Brazil. “I was very close to signing with Manchester United. It was still at the time of Ferguson.
“I ended up choosing PSG, I spent five fantastic years there, I won a lot, learned a lot. I do not regret it.
“Despite the hard times, the bad times, I don’t regret it because I grew a lot, I learned a lot. Now I’m here in the Premier League, and it’s a new hope.”