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Tottenham star to leave as free agent next summer, Conte confirms

Antonio Conte at Tottenham
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The Spurs are making room to add a new forward to their ranks in the next transfer window.

Tottenham have decided against offering Lucas Moura a new contract, according to Antonio Conte.

Moura is spending the final six months of his current deal, with no prospects of a winter transfer being imminent. 

The 30-year-old has played only 269 minutes so far this season, struggling for game time in Spurs’ well-equipped attacking line.

“This is the decision of the club, his contract will not be extended,” Conte said on Saturday.

He added: “Honestly, in my mind when we planned the season Lucas was an important player for us.

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“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.”

Moura’s exit will most likely force Tottenham to sign a new striker in the summer. 

Brighton winger Leandro Trossard has emerged as a serious target for Spurs. However, the north London side will have to race against Chelsea and Arsenal for the Belgian star’s signature in the next transfer window.