Moura turned down Manchester United to join PSG

Updated: Jan 07, 2013, 09:44 AM IST

London: The Brazilian youngster has revealed that he turned down the Premier League giants in order to join the French outfit, citing the club`s sporting director as a deciding factor.

Lucas Moura has said he turned down Manchester United in order to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in world football and moved to les Rouge-et-Bleu this month after the club agreed a reported €35 million fee with Sao Paulo in August.

Sir Alex Ferguson`s team were amongst several sides looking to sign Moura, but the Brazilian said Leonardo`s influence had persuaded him to ignore other offers.

"Manchester United wanted me but I talked a lot with Leonardo and he convinced me," Moura told Telefoot TF1.

"It`s an honor for me to play with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic," he added, speaking about the lure of PSG.

"I will learn a lot from this side."

Lucas has scored twice in nine Copa Sudamericana games this season and his father has stressed that his son`s talent is matched by his level-headed approach.

"Lucas is a modest kid," said Jorge Moura.

"He never lost his head and this is priceless."

PSG sit top of Ligue 1 in the winter break with 38 points, leading Olympique Lyonnais on goal difference.