Lucas Won’t Be Drawn On Old Trafford Return
Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura has once again played down interest from Manchester United after playing for Brazil at Old Trafford yesterday.
The Brazilians defeated Belarus 3-1 in the group stages of the Olympic football tournament with Lucas coming on a substitute in the 85th minute, but although he said he was impressed with United’s stadium he was guarded as to whether he will be making a return there at any stage in the near future.
“The stadium is wonderful, it has a wonderful structure – fantastic,” he said after the match. “For me it was cool but now I’m focused on the national team. After that, I will address my future calmly. At the moment, I am a Sao Paulo player and I’m focused on the Olympics.”
Lucas received a very warm reception from the Old Trafford crowd, replacing AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato with five minutes left.
“The fans screaming my name was a very pleasant surprise, I was happy,” he said.
“I tried to do something in the little time I had to play, but the most important thing was that we won and we qualified.”
Lucas added that he was relaxed about his future but that he would be happy to stay with Sao Paulo.
“I do not want to worry about it,” he said. “There is no chaos – on the contrary, I’m calm because I am still very young.
“After I finish at the Olympics, I will decide. If it means staying at Sao Paulo, I will also be happy.”
United have had a 38million euro (£30million) bid rejected for Lucas by Sao Paulo and were expected to return with a further bid of around 40million euro (£32million); however, any bid would most likely have to be lodged by tomorrow as Lucas’s share of any transfer fee received by Sao Paulo rises from 20 percent to 30 percent from 1 August.