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Emery: PSG's Lucas will get more game time elsewhere

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian midifelder Lucas runs during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Nice (OGC Nice) on October 27, 2017, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU

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It’s a matter of time before Lucas Moura moves on from Paris Saint-Germain.

Shortly after Lucas expressed his frustration over the lack of opportunities under Unai Emery this season, the Paris Saint-Germain manager said the Brazilian will have to leave the capital city club if he wants to play regularly.

“I told him, with all due respect, what I think of him as a player,” Emery told reporters Tuesday, according to Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC. “He will get more game time elsewhere.”

Since the arrival of compatriot Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer, Lucas has only managed to make five appearances as a substitute.

The 25-year-old didn’t hold back when asked by L’Equipe, as translated by ESPN FC’s Ian Holyman, about his demotion to the bench.

“It’s a brutal shock. I’m devastated to not play anymore, to not be able to express myself as I had done,” Lucas told the online version of the French sports newspaper.

“… I’m not happy. I thought I’d built something solid with this club, but that’s clearly not the case.”

News of his availability is likely to attract plenty of attention from clubs around Europe, with Tottenham and Arsenal initially appearing to be the favourites to possibly sign Lucas in January,

However, Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports reports that Lucas’ agents will meet with Napoli officials Wednesday. Chinese Super League outfit Shandong Luneng Taishan is also reportedly interested.

A successful bid could cost interested suitors as much as £35 million.

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