Moura agrees Spurs extension

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Lucas Moura grabbed a hat-trick and Victor Wanyama scored a rare goal as Tottenham eased to a 4-0 victory against Huddersfield Town.

Tottenham have confirmed that forward Lucas Moura has signed a new five-year deal at the club.

The Brazilian arrived in north London in January 2018 and until this summer, had the distinction of being the club’s only signing for 18 months. Since then Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and Jack Clarke have come in but Moura remains a considerable part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

So much so, that the club have signed him up until the summer of 2024 and he will be aiming to have as strong a campaign as last term for the Lilywhites.

The 26-year-old scored three times last August to win the Premier League’s Player of the Month award and has so far netted 16 goals in 60 appearances at Spurs, the first of those coming on his debut against Rochdale in February 2018.

Moura’s most memorable moment in a Tottenham shirt came in May as he netted a hat-trick in the Champions League semi-finals against Ajax. Finding themselves crashing out of the competition, Spurs needed a hero and their samba star delivered, firing home a hat-trick to send the club into the final, his second treble of the campaign after also achieving the feat against Huddersfield.

Despite losing 2-0 in Madrid to Liverpool, Spurs again have high hopes for the season. Saturday sees them kick-off their campaign at home to newly-promoted Aston Villa.

With the Villans spending big this summer, there could be holes to exploit and Moura may be the man to do it. While previously he had to wait his turn, the Sao Paulo-born star is expected to start up front alongside Harry Kane, with the fit-again Erik Lamela behind them.

A debut could be handed to another man to join from French football, Ndombele, who made the switch from Lyon earlier this summer.

The 35-cap Brazil international has vowed to show the fans that his “attitude is to be better” and demonstrate that he “loves football”. Moura has also spoken about the “family” feel at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Having committed himself to a new deal, he looks set to be a big part of the club’s future. The hierarchy will now hope to tie down a host of players whose contracts are expiring.

Real Madrid target Christian Eriksen, plus defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, are all out of contract next year and Pochettino and Daniel Levy will be loathed to let them leave on free transfers.