‘I’m happy to be back’ — Spurs star opens up on return to pre-season

Lucas Moura
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Lucas Moura has returned to pre-season training under newly appointed manager Nuno Espírito Santo ahead of the 2021/2022 season.

Lucas has been with the club since January 2018 and has made 157 appearances in that time. In fact, it is now the experienced Brazilian’s 12th pre-season of his long and impressive career.

Lucas spoke to the official Tottenham Hotspur website: “I think this is pre-season number 12.

“I’m happy to be back, I miss football. It’s always a new challenge when you have a new coach, that gives us all motivation.

“You know what? It’s always difficult to think about pre-season because we know we have to do a lot of physical work, and the start of the season is still a while away, but at the same time we’re excited to see our teammates and train together again.

“So, when I’m on holiday, I try to enjoy time with my family and friends, enjoy time to rest, but I also think about pre-season and even the pre-season matches. I feel good, I feel positive for the season, so let’s go!”

The first team squad – with the exception of players who have been or are still on international duty – all returned to Hotspur Way on Tuesday 6 July for the first day of pre-season training under new manager Nuno who was recently appointed after a 70-day managerial hunt. 

On Sunday 15 April, Tottenham open their 2021/22 Premier League campaign against Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

However, football.london have reported that the future of Lucas could well be away from North London.

Spurs have reportedly turned down big money for the 28-year-old in the past but should an attractive offer come in this summer it might be accepted to help the club bring in a key starter.

Lucas is currently under contract until 2024, meaning that Spurs are under no immediate pressure to part ways with the former PSG man.

SpursWeb Opinion 

Lucas is a player that divides opinion but always gives 100% when he steps on the pitch. He’s not a player that should necessarily be the first out the door – and he also has one of the most iconic moments in a Spurs shirt. The Brazilian is effective on the bench and shouldn’t be considered deadwood.

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