Lucas Moura has revealed that he could look to run down his contract at Tottenham Hotspur if he is not offered a new deal.
The Brazilian moved to north London from Paris Saint-Germain for £23million in January 2018, becoming Tottenham’s first winter transfer window signing since 2015.
Moura’s current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2024 (transfermarkt) and believes at 30, he still has a lot to offer by playing at a high level with aspirations of winning silverware at Tottenham this season.
The winger has experienced a frustrating campaign having been forced to miss ten matches (transfermarkt) in all competitions due to a tendonitis problem and has been playing through the pain barrier to make himself available while Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski were sidelined (Daily Mail).
He told Flow Sport Club: “Man, my plan, to be honest, I want to play football and I want to be in a club that allows me to play at a high level, play in a good league, play at a good level. That’s my plan. I still have a lot of firewood to burn, I’m 30 years old, so I’m very young,”
“So my thought is to finish this season with Tottenham, try to win a title this season and, free of contract, sit down with my family and listen to the offers that will appear. That’s when you analyse everything: country, club, financial side. It’s analysing everything. And then make the best decision. That’s my thought. But now I’m very calm there.”
He did emphasise his openness to remain at Tottenham, adding: ‘If Tottenham want to renew, cool too, a club I like a lot, I’m adapted. Let’s see, let’s hear the renewal proposal.”
“If they don’t want to, I’ll leave for free, and being free, of course, more proposals appear. So it’s a matter of analysing and seeing what we decide.”
Moura has also insisted that while a return to former club São Paulo is on his bucket list for the future, he hinted that a return back home may not be his next move.
“And there’s the possibility of returning to Brazil. It’s difficult, I’ve always said that I want to go back to the São Paulo, which is the club I love. I never stipulated any deadline, and I said that I wanted to stay at least 10 years in Europe, since when I left Sao Paulo my thought was to stay at least 10 years in Europe, whatever happens.
“Playing in Europe, high level, Champions League. After that time, let’s see what will happen. Let’s see what comes up, let’s see my situation, my moment, the offers that will appear, and let’s decide.”
Moura will always have a place in the hearts of Tottenham fans due to his heroics on that eventful night in Amsterdam but has found himself outside of the starting eleven following the arrival of Kulusevski and Richarlison, along with the competition of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane.
A change to right wing-back has been suggested and trialled, however, it does not look like it would be a natural fit for Moura and he could very well find himself being sold in the summer in a bid to raise funds for new targets.
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