Champions League hero Lucas Moura ‘to leave Tottenham’ in the summer as Spurs opt against new contract

    Lucas Moura will leave Tottenham this summer after the club opted against renewing his contract.

    Spurs were given a deadline of December 31 to inform the Brazilian of any plans to extend his stay in north London, but that has now passed.

    Lucas Moura is on his way out of Spurs after a five-year spell in north London

    Lucas Moura is on his way out of Spurs after a five-year spell in north London

    According to The Athletic, The 30-year-old does not want to leave the club this month, instead preferring to depart in the summer when he becomes a free agent.

    That would hand Moura the initiative when planning his next move and the possibility of negotiating a higher salary.

    Moura joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018 and after five-years service to the club, he feels ready for a new chapter in his career.

    He is yet to enter into talks with any other club but is due to meet with his representatives in London in the coming weeks to discuss his future plans.

    The report states that while Moura is open to a number of destinations, a return to his native Brazil is not a priority for him at this stage.

    Moura has endured a frustrating season and missed much of the campaign after suffering a calf injury in August.

    Lucas Moura celebrates completing his hat-trick against Ajax, which sent Spurs into the 2019 Champions League final

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    Lucas Moura celebrates completing his hat-trick against Ajax, which sent Spurs into the 2019 Champions League final

    The winger has made 213 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 38 goals with none more memorable than his incredible hattrick in Spurs’ 3-2 Champions League semi-final victory against Ajax in 2019.

    Tottenham are back in action this weekend when they host leaders Arsenal in the north London derby.

    Spurs will be hoping to do their Champions League qualification hopes a huge boost while delivering a blow to their bitter rivals’ hopes of lifting a first Premier League title since 2004.

    Antonio Conte’s men slipped to fifth place in the table after picking up just one point form their two festive fixtures but Spurs got back to winning ways last time out in the league with a 4-0 win at Crystal Palace.

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