Lucas Moura has revealed there is a ‘strong possibility’ that he could return to his boyhood club Sao Paulo in 2023 but the winger admitted that a transfer might not be a realistic option this summer.

It was at Sao Paulo where Moura burst onto the scene before Paris Saint-German snapped him up back in 2012. 

Although the Brazilian was a regular in Tottenham’s starting eleven under Nuno Espirito Santo at the start of the 2021/2022 season as well as during Antonio Conte’s first few months in charge, he has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski in January.

The Evening Standard reported earlier this month that Moura is one of the players Spurs are willing to listen to offers for his summer but suggested that the 29-year-old is happy at the North London club.

Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola subsequently suggested on his YouTube channel Canal do Nicola that the Spurs winger plans to return to Sao Paulo in the future.

Moura has now opened up on his desire to return to the club where his journey started but he admitted that Sao Paulo might not be able to afford him this summer.

Moura told Globo Esporte: “I don’t like to create expectations where there are none, it’s a difficult issue to resolve. Today I have a contract with Tottenham.  

“The fee is difficult for Sao Paulo, there is also the salary. It’s difficult. The reality is that I do think about returning, but I have never made a clear date.”

He added: “Why not (return to Sao Paulo in 2023)? It might be. It’s going to be 10 years (I’m in Europe), I’ll still be fine, I’m 29 years old. I’ll have a lot of wood to burn, it’s a possibility. 

“If something doesn’t come up that catches my eye in a big centre in Europe, a club that I like, Sao Paulo is a very strong possibility – he said.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Moura is contracted to Spurs until 2024 and it is unlikely that the club would allow the winger to run his contract down and leave on a free transfer. I suspect the winger will stay on as a squad player for next season and be sold for a cut-price fee next summer.

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