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Report: Tottenham star trains with another club

According to reports in Italy, Tottenham Hotspur should be braced for an auction as Erik Lamela begins pre-season training with former club River Plate.

According to reports in Italy, an auction could soon start for record-breaking Tottenham signing Erik Lamela as he has begun training in Argentina with his former club River Plate.

The £30million summer buy from Roma has turned out to be anything other than a success at White Hart Lane as poor form, along with injury problems, has restricted him to just nine Premier League appearances this season, with the majority coming from the bench.

Nevertheless, the arrival of Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino made Spurs fans hopeful that the 22-year-old could turn his fortunes around and play a key role in a potential top-four push next season.

The Independent, on the other hand, took the story in another direction suggesting the move to train with River Plate is purely to return to the level of fitness required to start pre-season training with Tottenham, which he is expected to do a week earlier than normal.

The Argentinian international, regardless of his reasoning to train with River Plate, is likely to attract a lot of interest this summer and after a poor start to his Spurs career, it wouldn't be surprising to see the player moved on if a decent offer was to be tabled.

According to Gazetta, who quoted Argentinian newspaper Ole, Napoli and Fiorentina are interested in signing the Tottenham star, along with the previous links to Inter Milan. However, I believe Tottenham should seriously consider their record-signing for next season and, in my opinion, would be foolish to sell him.

At 22, he should not have been expected to hit the ground running, especially coming in after the Tottenham pre-season period.

I believe with a good summer of training the young midfielder could begin to prove his worth to Tottenham, and become an integral part of the team.

He is very much a player Spurs should look to keep hold of this summer.

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