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Former United target Lucas Moura finally joins PSG

ESPN staff
January 1, 2013

Lucas Moura hopes to prolong Paris Saint-Germain's love affair with Brazilian players after the former Manchester United target finally completing his switch to the French capital.

Players such as Rai and Leonardo, currently the Ligue 1 leaders' sporting director, played key roles in PSG's success of the 1990s, including - for the former - a contribution to the club's last Ligue 1 title in 1993/94,

Ronaldinho's first European stop en route to superstardom was also the Parc des Princes and, like Rai, Lucas has now followed the path from Sao Paulo to Paris, and hopes to prove just as successful almost two decades later.

"PSG has a long history of Brazilian players. I hope to continue writing it, and put a smile on the fans' faces," Lucas told the press gathered for PSG's winter training camp in the Qatari capital, Doha. "Everyone expects a lot of me, but I'm very confident."

He added: "Choosing PSG is a great challenge. Leonardo helped me a lot in making the decision."

Though a deal, worth an initial €40 million with up to €5 million in bonuses, was struck last summer to bring the Brazil international to the Parc des Princes, he only put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year contract on Tuesday after being allowed to finish the season with Sao Paulo.

Though he bade a tearful farewell to his maiden club following their Copa Sudamericana victory in early December, and shed yet more tears upon leaving his native country when he departed for Doha last weekend, the exciting prospect is determined to make a success of his first foray into European football.

"I'm happy to know Carlo Ancelotti counts on me. I'm not putting myself under pressure. I'm going to try and do my best and give everything for the team. I tried to stay focused on Sao Paulo in the last few months. Now, I'm going to be able to think of PSG, which is a big club. I'm here to help my new team."

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