Moura eager for Ibrahimovic link-up
Lucas Moura is looking forward to picking up tips from Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Brazilian prepares for what he expects will be a "marvellous" spell at Paris Saint-Germain.
Though he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with PSG in a €43 million switch last summer, only now is Lucas, 20, on the verge of meeting up with his new team-mates. The gifted midfielder will fly to Qatar on December 27 for PSG's winter training camp when he will begin to forge his partnership with Ibrahimovic.
"He's one of the best forwards in the world. It's always great to play alongside players of that calibre," Lucas told sports daily L'Equipe. "I'm going to learn by playing alongside him, that's for certain. I hope that the two of us will form a great duo."
The Brazilian international acknowledged he had been "very close to a deal" with Manchester United, but said PSG's healthy contingent of compatriots and the possibility of him being able to finish the season with Sao Paulo meant the club from the French capital won the day.
His Sao Paulo swansong could hardly have been scripted any better as he scored one and teed up the other in his club's heated 2-0 win over Argentine club Tigre to pick up the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday. Lucas revealed, however, he has not been able to prevent his mind drifting towards his future on the opposite side of the Atlantic.
"Even if I tried to focus on the end of my adventure with Sao Paulo, it was inevitable that I think about what's going to happen, what my life will be like in Paris, where I'm going to live," said Lucas, who will take his parents with him to France.
"I imagine everything will be very different, but I'm convinced that it'll be a marvellous experience, both professionally and personally. I'm a little anxious, but I can't wait to get there."