Highly rated Sao Paulo starlet Lucas has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a summer switch to Manchester United or Chelsea.

The 18-year-old Brazilian youngster has also attracted interest from a number of Italian based clubs, but has signalled his intentions to remain in South America, rather than move to a big European club.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to have made enquiries into the potential transfer of Lucas to Old Trafford, as he looks to continue nurturing up and coming talent with a view to protecting the long-term future of Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has also been credited with an interest in the talented samba star, having also put an onus on the development of young players at Stamford Bridge over the coming years.


 

However, Lucas' desire to remain in Sao Paulo will have come as a setback to both Chelsea and Manchester United, who will both have to bide their time in their respective pursuits of this particular player.

"I read that I've decided to go to Italy, which is not true," Lucas told Folha de Sao Paulo. "For now, I'm only thinking of continuing to grow with Sao Paulo."

With questions asked about his ambition and hunger to play at the top, Lucas responded positively as he justified his current situation and mindset amid reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

"I am young and still need more experience before going to Europe."

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