Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura has opened up on his future in north London, with the Brazilian admitting he could walk away in the summer.
The 30-year-old has a contract in north London until the end of the current campaign, but the Lilywhites hold the option to extend his stay for a further year.
However, under Antonio Conte, the Brazilian’s game time has severely decreased, with just 11 Premier League starts to his name since the Italian arrived in the dugout last year.
With Moura’s future in the hands of the north Londoners, he has spoken to a Brazilian media outlet about where he sees himself playing his football at the end of the season:
Speaking to Flow Sport Club (via Sport Witness), he said: “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.”
“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.”
TIF Thoughts on Lucas Moura’s comments…
One thing which no Spurs fan will knock Moura for is his attitude. This can be seen through these comments, with the Brazilian still showing the desire to play for the Lilywhites despite his lack of opportunities in the side.
Should Spurs extend Moura's deal for another year?
It would be very easy for a player without a Premier League start this season – albeit amid injury issues – to throw his toys out of the pram, but this is clearly not the case with Moura, who club legend Ledley King labelled ‘unbelievable‘.
However, his performances have to be questioned, given that over the last year, he has only been able to provide two league goals under Conte.
And we do appreciate the large majority of his appearances have come from the bench, but it does suggest there is clear room for improvement to Tottenham’s squad depth.