Lucas Moura respects Neymar for staying in Brazil

The Brazilian has paid tribute to his fellow countryman's decision to remain in South America
Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura says he admires Neymar for staying in Brazil.

Speculation surroundng the striker has been rife with a host of Europe's biggest clubs supposedly battling it out to the sign the 21-year-old starlet.

The Brazil international says his compatriot has made an admirable decision not to cross the Atlantic to join a European side for the time being, but will not be drawn too far into the debate.

"I don’t talk about Neymar’s transfer. He is young. He chooses to stay in Brazil for the time being and I respect that," the 20-year-old told reporters.

Moura himself made the move to Europe in January, joining PSG from Corinthians and he believes the size of his transfer fee has increased the level of scrutiny on his game.

He added: "I've chosen to come here because there is a project. A lot of people, in France and Brazil, talked about the fee of my transfer. I don’t think its right. But for me, it is a way to acknowledge my valour.

"I want to help my team win."

Les Parisiens are nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and face Nice on April 21.