News

Tottenham cult hero to become free agent after Lilywhites opt against contract clause

The north London outfit will be moving the former star on at the end of the season


Tottenham cult hero Lucas Moura will become a free agent this summer after Tottenham opted not to activate the extension clause in the Brazilian’s current clause, according to reports.

Moura, who joined the club from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018, signed a deal in June 2019 that was expected to tie him to the club until 2024. However, as per the Telegraph, ‘the final season needed activation from Spurs’ end by Dec 31 last month and the option was not taken’, meaning that his time in north London will be up come the end of the current campaign.

Antonio Conte is a fan of the attacker, having spoken highly of him upon joining the club in 2021. However, injuries have seen Moura manage just 90 minutes across eight substitute appearances in the Premier League so far this campaign, and the Italian boss had clearly grown impatient waiting for him to return to fitness.

Lucas Moura

“About Lucas Moura, we didn’t have him from the start of the season. And we are continuing to not have him. He has this problem, he is struggling a lot to find a solution. For sure it’s a difficult situation. Because I have a good player in my squad, but he’s never available. It’s like you don’t have him”, Conte explained ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.

“It’s a pity because I repeat: we are talking about a good player, a good guy, but he is struggling a lot to solve this problem. I don’t know, I don’t know what in the future happens about him.”

Moura has managed just 38 goals in his 213 appearances in north London, but will be remembered as a cult hero by the Tottenham faithful courtesy of his improbably hat-trick against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final on their run to the 2019 final, where they were beaten by Liverpool.

The attacker is now free to discuss terms over a pre-contract agreement with clubs around Europe ahead of the end of the season, and could yet be sold this winter, with this representing the last chance for Tottenham to recoup any of the reported 29m euros that they shelled out for the 30 year old.

Read more:

Marcus Rashford matches Wayne Rooney record in Carabao Cup win

Graham Potter receives scathing criticism as questions continue to be asked during early Chelsea reign

Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.


Related Content