Moura claims PSG move not about the money after Brazil star snubbed United
10:42 GMT, 5 November 2012
Brazilian star Lucas Moura has denied money was the motivation behind his decision to snub Manchester United in favour of Paris St Germain.
The 20-year-old will move to the French capital in January after agreeing a 35million from Sao Paulo during the summer.
United, along with Inter Milan, were favourites to lure the midfielder away from his homeland, and were poised to have 30m bids accepted before PSG, who are bankrolled by the Qatari royal family, made their move.
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But in admitting he is anxious ahead of the switch in 2013, Moura, who starred in the Olympic football tournament for Brazil, says he chose Paris for the familiar faces already at the club.
'Thiago Silva has told me a lot about the club and its facilities, and it will be nice to have him as my team-mate,' he told French media. 'However, I have to admit that I do have a bit of fear about how things will pan out. I don't know how it will go.
'I am not thinking about money, but I am more concerned with whether my next destination will be the right one. PSG's ambition and the presence of the other Brazilians convinced me to sign.
'I am following PSG from a distance. I am mainly focusing on the end of the season with Sao Paulo for now.'
At the time of the deal, Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes revealed the club's former star player Leonardo – now PSG's sporting director – had been key in seeing the midfielder chose Ligue 1 over the Premier League.