Manuel Lanzini and Lucas Moura return to boyhood clubs in South America

Former Premier League players Manuel Lanzini and Lucas Moura have agreed deals with their boyhood clubs in South America.

Argentina midfielder Lanzini and Brazil winger Moura were released by West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur respectively at the end of last season.

Lanzini, 30, has signed for River Plate, who are based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a one-year deal.

While Moura, also 30, has returned to his home country with Sao Paulo.

River Plate announced the deal on Wednesday, with club president Jorge Brito saying:” Manual will be a unique player in Argentina football because of the level of play he come from. He is very important for us.” Lanzini began his career at River Plate in 2010 before spells at Fluminense in Brazil, Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates and Wes Ham, where he made more than 200 appearances between 2015 and 2023.

Meanwhile, ex-Paris St-Germain winger Moura has joined Sao Paulo after his Spurs contract came to an end in June. He made his professional debut with the Brazilian club in 2010, winning the Copa Sudamericana with them two years later before heading to Europe for a decade.

The 35-cap international said returning to the club had been “a whirlwind of emotions”.

Moura joined Spurs in 2018 and memorably scored a hat-trick against Ajax in the 2019 Champions League semi-final, before the club’s loss to Liverpool in the final.

He joins another former Premier League player, Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 32, who has also recently signed with Sao Paulo.

The 90-cap international played for Everton in the 2020-21 season after spells with Monaco and Real Madrid.

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