For a player who hardly featured for the first-team towards the last few months of his time at Paris Saint-Germain, Lucas Moura remained a highly liked member of the squad.
The Brazilian contingent at the club were especially sad to see him leave, but it was obvious there was a need for everyone involved to move on, especially when a club like Tottenham comes knocking.
The move was also very difficult for a member of the staff at the Ligue 1 leaders, as Maxwell, now Antero Henrique’s assistant, explained to beIN Sports, relayed by ParisTeam.
He said: “I can speak about Lucas, which was difficult considering I was close to him. He’s a player who didn’t play much, and it was the most difficult case to deal with and know how to behave. I tried to be professional and honest with everyone.
“Lucas was attached to the club. He built a magnificent history at Paris, and, if I’m not mistaken, is the Brazilian who has played the most in Paris. Sometimes in football, however, you change club, but the respect stays there on both sides.”
Transferred to Tottenham for around £25m, the 25-year-old made his first appearance for his new club on Tuesday, coming on in the dying minutes of a 2-2 draw against Juventus in the Champions League.
With a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal and a need for the player to increase his match fitness, it might be some time before Mauricio Pochettino plays the winger regularly.
Only time will tell if this was the right move for the Brazilian, but it seems he’ll have more of a chance in London than he did in Paris.
For now, at least.