Spurs star reveals ‘plans to go back to Brazil’ after Euro adventure

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Lucas Moura Tottenham

Tottenham forward Lucas Moura has revealed that he will go back to Brazil to play for Sao Paulo in the near future.

The Brazilian has scored 32 goals in 161 appearances for Spurs since joining the north London club in January 2018 from Paris Saint-Germain.

He was part of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side which got to the Champions League final in 2019 but were defeated by fellow Premier League side Liverpool.

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Moura’s contract expires in the summer of 2023, by which time he will have spent ten years in Europe and the 29-year-old intends to return to Brazil.

Moura told ESPN: “It’s in my plans to go back to Brazil, back to Sao Paulo. I never hid it from anyone, I never hid the affection and love I feel for Sao Paulo.

“When I left Sao Paulo, I said I wanted to stay for 10 years in Europe. Come rain, come shine, my goal, my plan is to stay 10 years.

“I do have a plan to go back to Sao Paulo. I want to feel again what it’s like to play at Morumbi, wear that shirt, the club of my heart. But I still have wood to burn. I’m feeling very good physically.”

When asked whether he could leave before his contract expires in 2023, Moura added: “I’m playing in a big league, in a big club. I have the goal of winning a title with Tottenham, which I haven’t achieved yet. I still have some goals to achieve here.”

Meanwhile, Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici is delighted with how Nuno Espirito Santo has reinvigorated the squad this season.

Paratici told the club’s official website: “He’s doing a great job rebuilding the team, rebuilding the environment. It’s so important to be committed and focussed on this, because it’s so important for the players’ feeling.”

On the make up of the squad, Paratici added: “It’s not just one player, I think the style and the spirit that this squad showed every game, every team, the spirit is to fight together, to speak to each other, to help together to be a unit to arrive to the target. This my feeling when I look at the games and look at training. It’s changed, the spirit.”