Lucas Moura has described the final throes of his Paris Saint-Germain career as “the worst seven months of my life”.
Moura joined Tottenham from PSG for around £25million in January.
The Brazil international was available for a knockdown price after falling down the pecking order under Unai Emery in France.
He made just six appearances – each as a substitute – in all competitions from August to January, having scored 19 goals and assisted 10 in 53 games in 2016/17.
The arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe virtually ended his stay in Paris, and led him to the same destination as former manager Emery: north London.
“It was very hard, the worst seven months of my life,” he told Sportv, as translated by the wonderful Sport Witness.
“I came from a very good season, I was second top scorer of the team, only behind Cavani. The following season, I wasn’t even called up. I used to go to practice, I wasn’t even in the game. I used to go back home.
“Anyway, it was very difficult. But I kept working hard, strong. And God gave me the best gift of life, my son.
“I knew there was something prepared for me. When the opportunity to come to Tottenham in January showed up, I was very happy, excited with the opportunity to play the Premier League, go to a great club. I did not think twice.”