With many reports claiming there’s a battle between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain for Corinthians midfielder Gabriel Moscardo, their manager now spoke about the situation.

Mano Menezes talked to the Brazilian media following the match against Vasco da Gama last night, where the youngster scored a goal in their 4-2 away win.

The coach made it clear he doesn’t want Moscardo to leave so soon, regardless whether it’s Chelsea, PSG or any other club who’d be signing him. The quotes come from ESPN Brasil.

“We really feel these premature departures of young Brazilian players. When they start to stand out, they [Europeans] have more information than we do, they map everything. Let’s hope he stays with us longer, he’s a very good quality player, he has strength, the ability to get ahead.”

Mano Menezes even suggested that the player could stay at Corinthians despite the agreement for a sale.

Since it’s not uncommon for Europeans to make January signings to take players in the summer, that’s an idea that makes sense.

“We are trying to find the timing for him to get up front and be a midfielder. They are very dedicated, they are exemplary in terms of behavior and work. They will learn very quickly. I hope that, even if there is some negotiation, that he stays with us longer, because he will certainly be a player that will make Corinthians fans very happy.”

Today, we’ve already seen people at Corinthians claiming they’d sell Moscardo to Chelsea for a €25m fee.

The problem is that PSG are reportedly having their sporting director Luis Campos watching the player in action at the weekend, so it’s hard to know how far this auction will go until the end of the year.