Tottenham’s Erik Lamela has often been linked with an exit from White Hart Lane.
Erik Lamela has been linked with leaving Spurs often during his time with the Lilywhites, but he has told the Standard that he has never planned on leaving the North London club, and that he feels at home with Spurs.
The Argentine attacker said: “Ever since I got here, people have spoken about me leaving They said it the first year, the second year and now in the third. But I didn’t speak because there was nothing to say. My mind has always been here at Tottenham. I have always wanted to stay here and I have always made that clear. It’s something I’ve said to my team-mates, to the club, to everyone. I feel good here, I like it. I am very happy. I feel I’ve adapted and my team-mates make me feel at home.”
These comments will take a weight off Tottenham fan’s thoughts, considering the impressive form Lamela has shown this season.
He has played 10 games, scoring three goals and registering two assists in all competitions, and looks to finally be growing into his role under head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Considering Lamela’s struggles, it is hard to forget that he is still only 23-years-old, and it appears as if the faith shown in him by Tottenham’s fans is starting to finally be repaid with a series of strong appearances.
However, things could have been so different for Lamela if he had wanted a move away from Spurs after his struggles in England, with a number of sides showing interest in taking him back across the continent.
Porto reportedly wanted to bring him in over the summer transfer window, according to dn.pt, whilst the Mail claimed at the close of the transfer window that Marseille missed out on the chance to sign him.
Many fans would not have minded seeing Lamela leaving over the summer considering his struggles in recent years at White Hart Lane, but he has never thought about exiting the club, and his performances are starting to live up to his undoubted potential.