Lucas Moura has a big few months ahead of him. With the World Cup in his homeland drawing ever closer, he knows he has work to do to force his way into Luiz Felipe Scolari’s plans, after missing out on the last two Brazil squads.
The winger was heavily tipped for a move to Manchester United during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, only to instead opt for a move to Paris Saint-Germain for a reported €40million.
The presence of then-sporting director Leonardo is believed to have played a big part in the player’s decision. But with the former Brazilian international no longer at the club, and Lucas’s time on the pitch sporadic rather than constant, he may have wondered if he had made the right decision.
However, recently he has been given the game-time his sublime talent deserves, and he has responded with some fine performances.
But will it be enough to force his way into the final squad for Brazil 2014?
In an interview with O Globo earlier this week and later published by Sambafoot, the 21-year-old said, “I trust my football and my talent. I have a clear conscience because I am working hard. I am thinking positively.
“Many things can still happen. In my opinion, Scolari still doesn’t have the 23 players in his head. I am going to do my best to be on the final list.”
There has been some suggestion recently that Lucas will be sent out on loan next season, leading to the inevitable stories linking him with a move (all be it temporarily) to Old Trafford after all.
In truth he is too talented to be sent elsewhere and PSG surely know that. While they have a number of great players, Lucas has the talent to be included among the very best. And given his age, he was always going to take time to settle on a new continent.
United may have missed out on him altogether. But then again, stranger things have happened in football.
And if Lucas does miss out on the World Cup in the country of his birth, he could well think about moving to a club at which he would be a stand-out star rather than just one of many.