Tottenham Hotspur forward Lucas Moura has revealed that he had snubbed advances from Manchester United to join the north London club during the 2018 winter transfer window.
The Brazil international had found himself out-of-favour during his final days at Parc des Princes and that meant that he made the switch to Spurs where he has quickly turned into a fan favourite.
Speaking to The Guardian, Moura revealed that United had offered him with the opportunity of heading to the Premier League last year after previously missing out on his services while at Sao Paolo.
However, the attacker added that the Red Devils were only keen on pursuing him on a temporary basis and that encouraged him to join Spurs, who were willing to recruit him on a permanent deal.
“There was a conversation with United but it was for a loan and I didn’t want a loan. I thought that if I left PSG, I didn’t want to go back. When I came to Tottenham, and I saw the training ground and met the coach, I said that I wanted to come here,” he said.
Moura did not have the best of debut seasons with the north London club but his second year was certainly memorable with crucial goals including a sublime hat-trick against Ajax to help Spurs reach the Champions League final.
Disappointingly, Moura was only able to make a substitute appearance in the final defeat to Liverpool with Harry Kane returning to full fitness, but he can still be proud of a fruitful second season, where he found the net on 15 occasions.