According to L'Equipe, the young Brazilian was tipped for a last minute deal to Anderlecht, as manager Herman Van Holsbeeck was keen on acquiring the 22-year-old's services. With Marseille also looking to offload Silva, the deal looked like a real possibility.
However, Marca claims that Real Madrid, the parent club, played a role in convincing Lucas Silva to see out his loan deal. With Zidane looking to play expansive attacking football, it's evident that the defensive midfielder would find playing time hard to come by.
Silva started the season decent enough but his form has dropped off. When Lass Diarra is next to him he looks more assured but his influence really hasn't been that much in games. He hasn't registered any goals or assists and his minutes have slowly decreased.
Should Real Madrid continue to preoccupy themselves with Lucas Silva, or was he simply a panic-buy by the Spanish giants? Only time will tell. Being out on loan is critical for his development.