Lucas Moura does not want to leave Tottenham Hotspur in January and would rather wait until his contract expires in the summer to find a new club, according to The Athletic.

Moura has been with Tottenham since his £25million January 2018 move from PSG (Sky Sports), and as he approaches his five years at the club, the 30-year-has racked up 213 appearances and 38 goals for the north Londoners (Transfermarkt).

The Brazilian has been involved in some incredible moments for the Lilywhites through the years, most notably his stunning hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final against Ajax in 2019.

Though he will be remembered fondly in North London, it appears Moura’s time with Spurs is coming to an end. With his game time becoming increasingly limited and his contract running out at the end of the season (transfermarkt), Tottenham have opted not to trigger an extension for the former PSG man (The Telegraph).

Now, it has been suggested this approach suits the player, who would rather see out his contract than be sold during the January transfer window. 

The report claims that Moura would be able to command a higher salary and attract a more enticing project if he were a free agent. With this in mind, the player is happy to run down his current deal and walk away for nothing in the summer.

Lucas Moura

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That makes a lot of sense from Lucas Moura’s perspective. As for Spurs, I think he’s a player worth keeping hold of for now, as we aren’t going to find a suitable upgrade with the small fee we could command for Moura at this stage. We may as well keep him as a rotation option and then replace him in the summer.

The thinking is, if Spurs were to seek out a transfer for Moura now, clubs would be reluctant to match his salary expectations when taking into account the transfer fee, too.

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