Lucas Moura has told Brazilian outlet Lance that he planned on playing football in Europe for 10 years after leaving Sao Paulo back in 2012 – but the Tottenham Hotspur attacker also stated he could leave in just one year.
Moura, 27, has been crucial to Tottenham this season with Jose Mourinho’s side suffering a number of injuries of late. Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn and Harry Kane have all endured lengthy spells on the sidelines.
The Brazil international is a favourite among the Spurs fans – having scored a sensational hat-trick against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final last season. Since his £25million (Telegraph) move from PSG, he has clocked up 99 outings.
Speaking about his future, the attacker stated he is desperate to return to Sao Paulo at some point in his career – before stating he has three seasons left in Europe. However, the £80,000-a-week (Spotrac) star did say he could leave in a year.
“I do have São Paulo in my head, in my plans,” Moura said. “When I arrived in Europe, I had a goal to stay here for at least ten years. Seven have passed, theoretically three more to go, but we never know tomorrow.
“I have a contract until 2023 with the option to renew for another year, but I really want to return to São Paulo one day, wear that shirt again. It may be three, five years from now, or it may be a year from now. Football is very dynamic.”
TBR’s view – Are Tottenham likely to be flexible over Lucas Moura?
This season, Tottenham’s struggle has been mirrored by Lucas. Although he has remained first choice throughout, Tottenham have had little other option in the final third and have been forced to rely on the attacker.
He has scored just seven times in 39 outings – a figure way below the likes of Son and Kane despite the duo’s injuries. Even Dele Alli has scored more goals this season despite playing the majority of his matches in midfield.
If a decent offer for Lucas comes in, surely he could leave.