Roma explain reasons for 'painful' sale of Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur

Erik Lamela

AS Roma director Walter Sabbatini has been speaking of the reasons why they sold the Argentine playmaker to Spurs in a record deal this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur face off against Norwich City this weekend and may finally be able to unleash their record signing from the start against The Canaries (although Andre Villas-Boas has said he is more likely to start from the bench).

Spurs have been breaking their transfer record as regular as clockwork this summer with Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and now Lamela all holding the record.

With the sale of Gareth Bale many are going to look toward the Argentine to be the spark in attack this campaign.

The writing appeared on the wall when Lamela missed Roma’s opening game of the Serie A season - sitting on the bench despite Rudi Garcia earlier announcing he would be playing.

And in the end Spurs snapped him up for a whopping accumulative fee of £30 million. Now his former club have been speaking about the sale of one of, if not their ultimate, star player.

AS Roma director Walter Sabatini stated on the subject of the sale:

"It was a painful sale for all of us. At the beginning we didn't think we could sell Erik and we didn't want to. Then some new factors came into play and as time went on we started to consider the eventuality. A club made him an offer that we didn't and couldn't match. When that Italian club offered him €3.5m a season, as well as a €2m commission to his agent father, we knew we had lost the player.’’

It seems the main reason than that Lamela was sold was due to a bid from an unnamed Italian club, believed in many circles to be Napoli.

Roma of course did not want to sell him to a rival Italian outfit, and instead began to open up to the opportunity to flogging him to North London.

Now Tottenham fans will be hoping to finally catch a glimpse of him this afternoon, at his best.

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