Lucas Moura has insisted transfer speculation concerning multiple Tottenham players has not had an effect on the dressing room atmosphere at the club.
Spurs’ poor start to the season can partly be put down to a failed squad overhaul in the summer, during which a number of players who were expected to leave – including Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose – ended up staying put.
Those players continue to be linked with moves away from the club in the January transfer window, though Mauricio Pochettino is still using them instead of turning to alternatives.
Lucas himself has found himself in a difficult situation of late, playing for only a few minutes against Liverpool with Pochettino preferring other attackers in his starting line-up.
But the Brazilian does not believe the ongoing transfer speculation has been harmful to the group’s morale.
“This matter of speculation about any player wanting to quit is hard to answer. I think it’s personal for each one. I know nothing was leaked in the locker room, nobody said anything about wanting to leave. I think the atmosphere is very good.
“The proof that the atmosphere is good was the good game we played today, the last game was very good in the Champions League, now we were able to play against Liverpool. Of course, the moment isn’t the best, the last irregular results, but it’s part of football. We have to stay together and focus on working to reverse this situation.”
Tottenham certainly didn’t seem to be lacking fight in their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, even if a few players came in for criticism from Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane.
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