Tottenham set to lose out on Lucas Moura money amid 'new deal' claim - pundit
Noel Whelan has claimed that Tottenham might have to let Moura leave the club for free next summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds player said that Moura has “the power” in the situation.
According to journalist André Hernan from Sport Witness (22 June), the Brazilian international plans to “fulfil the contract” before deciding his future.
The striker joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 for around £25million.
His contract expires in 2023 with the option for the London club to extend it by another year.
The signing of Dejan Kulusevski on loan from Juventus in January pushed Moura, 29, down the pecking order for the latter half of the season.
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Now Whelan has claimed that the Brazilian can be in charge when it comes to contract negotiations.
“When you get down to within a year of the player’s contract, it’s out of the team’s hands,” the Whites ambassador told Football Insider.
“You can offer him a new contract but if it’s not up to what the player wants then he’s not signing anything and he’ll leave on a free contract. When you allow the player to run the contract down to one year, it says you don’t want to offer him a new one.
“Tottenham would love to get some money back for him but it’s not in their hands anymore.
“The player has the power now to say he’ll play for Tottenham for one more season and then leave on a free contract which would probably give him more options with what clubs he can go to.”