Tottenham has opted not to extend the contract of Brazilian striker Lucas Moura, according to Antonio Conte.
Lucas Moura has made 11 appearances this season, but the total playing time of those games has only been 269 minutes, with all but two of them taking place in the Premier League.
With his contract now in its last six months, Lucas Moura won’t be eligible for an extension and will be allowed to leave Tottenham on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign, according to Conte.
“This is the decision of the club, his contract will not be extended,” Conte said.
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Despite using Lucas Moura just sometimes, Conte stated that before the Brazilian’s injury, he had intended for him to play a big role in the team this season.
“Honestly, in my mind when we planned the season Lucas was an important player for us,” the boss explained. “But if you see from he start of the season until now Lucas played maybe one game, also with pain in the Champions League against Marseille and also not the whole game with us.
“First of all I think the damage is for me and the team. A player like Lucas is a good player. Also last season he helped us reach the Champions League.
“In my mind, my plan was to have him in my squad but we didn’t have possibility to use him because of the injuries. It was really difficult this season especially because it happened twice that Kulusevski and Richarlison were both injured. To face this wasn’t easy. Then if you ask about the decision of the club, I respect the decision of the club.”