Spurs record buy Lamela reveals he still feels close to former club

Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela believes Roma are in with a good chance of winning Serie A this year.

Tottenham fans will be hoping that Erik Lamela will star for the London side in the same way he did during his spell with Serie A side Roma, as he looks to push on during his second season at the club.

The Argentina international spoke fondly of the Rome outfit, when questioned on their title chances in the Italian league campaign this year.

“I still feel very tied to Roma and am supporting the Giallorossi to win the Scudetto,” said Lamela.

“Last season they had a great campaign, but Juventus were truly difficult to beat.

“I think this can be the right season for them to take the title.”

Lamela had a difficult first campaign in England after joining Tottenham for a record figure that could rise to £30 million.

Injury, as well struggling to adapt to the Premier League wasn't helped by Tottenham changing managers in the middle of the season.

A back injury carried over much of the second half of the season and caused him to miss the World Cup in Brazil.

Roma on the other hand enjoyed a successful campaign despite his departure, finishing as runners up to run away leaders Juventus.

Lamela has returned to some semblance of form already this season, impressing in preseason and looking a more confident player than he did for Tottenham last season. The 22-year-old also returned to the Argentina team in the surprising midweek result over their World Cup victors Germany, netting his first international goal in a 4-2 win.

Roma will be hoping that a Juve side without Antonio Conte in charge will show signs of vulnerability after the Turin side won the last four league titles.

Despite revealing that he still looks out for Roma, the winger is only thinking of his future with Tottenham: 

“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,” he has previously told the Corriere dello Sport.

“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.

“A return to Italy one day? I’m still young and my career will be a long one. But, to be honest, all I’m thinking about right now is Tottenham.

“I want to give them my best. I owe them that.”

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