Forward was often squeezed out or not used in his preferred role by Pochettino but has the trust of Mourinho, who wanted him in 2012
If things had worked out differently, Lucas Moura would have played for José Mourinho at the beginning of his career. The Tottenham winger was close to joining Mourinho’s Real Madrid from São Paulo in the summer of 2012 only to opt for Paris St-Germain; he would complete his transfer there in January 2013.
Turning down Mourinho might not seem like such a good move, particularly when he later pitches up at your club; Mourinho was announced as the new Spurs manager last Wednesday, taking over from the sacked Mauricio Pochettino. But the reality is that the admiration has endured from Mourinho’s side and, although these remain early days, Lucas has come to look like one of the winners from the managerial change.