Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela says that he never thought about leaving Spurs this summer.
Lamela was linked with a number of clubs during the transfer window, but the Argentine international has revealed that he was firmly focused on impressing at Spurs.
Lamela struggled in his first season in England, after signing from AS Roma for mega-money, but he is showing signs of his old-self already this campaign and the 22-year-old insists that he is ready to make an impact now.
"I never had any doubts about my future," he is quoted as saying be TalkSPORT.
"I read a lot of things in the newspapers and perhaps there were a few enquiries from clubs, but I had no direct contact or doubts about my future."
"Last season was complicated for me because of injury, but I feel good now."
"And I have to thank Tottenham for their help and patience - they have always shown faith in me."
"Now I am on the right path and I want to impose myself in the Premier League."
He has made a good start to doing that, too.
Under Mauricio Pocettino, Lamela has been made on of Spurs’ most vital attacking players and he seems to be thriving under the new manager.
His performance against QPR, in Tottenham’s 4-0 win, was the best he has shown since completing a switch to White Hart Lane and he will be looking to build on that now.
Despite Spurs’ heavy loss to Liverpool last weekend, there is still optimism about the future under Pochettino’s stewardship and it seems that Lamela will be crucial to their chances of breaching the top four.
He should come back from the international break full of confidence, as well.
Lamela scored in Argentina’s 4-2 win over Germany this week and he will now be hoping to continue hitting the back of the net when he returns to England.