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Lucas Moura Joins Tottenham for £25m from Paris Saint-Germain

05 February, 2018, 06:22 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Lucas arrives having made just 5 substitute appearances totalling 72 minutes of on-field action this season in Ligue 1 - things were made particularly hard for him with the summer arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The Spurs boss specifically mentioned that Lucas' lack of game time at PSG has made it impossible for the player to be immediately ready for first team football. And he came from a big club. But it's different to signing Neymar, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. It is not a signing that if he doesn't score goals from the beginning, it is a mistake.

Pochettino again added: "I think the team played so well and I am so pleased with that and so happy".

Moura is unlikely to make his debut against Liverpool on Sunday given he was still saying his goodbyes in Paris on Friday. Yesterday he was doing some tests with our sports science and medical staff and today he's in Paris doing private things.

PSG star Neymar was even reportedly devastated when the player left the club. "Why not the Champions League?"

"We hope tomorrow he can start to work with the team".

He netted in Champions League victories over Malmo and Shakhtar Donetsk and also scored in a Coupe de France success over Saint-Etienne.

Tottenham Lucas Moura Serge Aurier Paris St-Germain
GETTY Tottenham duo Lucas Moura and Serge Aurier together at Paris St-Germain

"After games, my wife gives me a lot of advice and criticism", said Pochettino, who cut his coaching teeth at Espanyol.

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio explained that it was not possible for Inter to complete the deal as PSG were not ready to let go the player on loan.

"Of course it's not a big deal this situation and of course he understands". We knew that if you bring in a player on the last day, we would end up not having space for some another.

Kane, who played in Spurs' 2-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday, says there is no rush for Moura to hit the ground running at Wembley, but admits he he is keen to see the 25-year-old in action.

However, Pochettino did suggest that Lucas should be able to fully integrate into Tottenham's style of play with time. "I think we have a lot of quality and I think we can win big things".


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