Ex-Real Madrid and Arsenal star Julio Baptista urges Lucas Silva to snub Man Utd
Ex-Real Madrid and Arsenal star Julio Baptista has urged in-demand Brazilian star Lucas Silva to snub Manchester United and move to the European champions instead.
The 21-year-old has already played for the Brazil youth teams and says he is ready to move to Real next year after holding talks with the club about a possible transfer from Cruzeiro.
United were reported as having made contact with the player’s agent in the summer, with the club still thought to be keen.
But Baptista thinks it would be a better move for the player to join Real, with him believing he is ready to make the step-up.
“It would be a wise move. The first day I saw him I knew he was a player that would turn heads and I told him so,” he said.
“He’s a two touch player, a quality that would fit right in in Spain or the Premier League. In Brazil, players hog the ball, but Lucas plays it quickly.
“He is already doing it at Cruzeiro. He is ready to make the giant leap to Europe and into a big club like Madrid, but he needs time to settle, because it is not an easy club.
“But in terms of footballing ability there is no doubt he’d fit in very nicely at Real Madrid. He’s a player brimming with talent.”