That deal killed me: Walter Sabatini shares how he felt after selling Erik Lamela to Spurs in 2013

Walter Sabatini

Erik Lamela's move to Tottenham was a 'huge pain' for ex-Roma director Walter Sabatini.

Walter SabatiniWalter Sabatini

Roma's outgoing director of sport Walter Sabatini has told a press conference that selling Erik Lamela to Tottenham 'killed' him, as quoted by Football Italia.

Lamela, 24, was one of the top young stars in his native Argentina, and after four goals in 36 games for River Plate, he moved on to Italy with Roma in 2011.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in actionTottenham's Erik Lamela in action

At the Stadio Olimpico, Lamela smashed a superb 21 goals in 67 games, and lasted just two years in the Eternal City as Spurs splashed the cash to sign him in August 2013.

As claimed by BBC Sport, Spurs spent £25.7m with £4.2m in add-ons, marking a huge signing for the club as they looked to replace Gareth Bale following his move to Real Madrid.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their fifth goalTottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring

After a slow start to life at White Hart Lane, Lamela has now become a vital player for his fellow Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, bagging 11 goals in all competitions last season.

Lamela finally looks like he's about to justify that huge price tag, and it seems that his departure still hurts Walter Sabatini.

Sabatini, who left his role as Roma's director of sport on Friday, brought Lamela to the Stadio Olimpico in 2011, and has been quoted by Football Italia as saying that he signed him from River Plate to send a message to other clubs in Serie A.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their first goalTottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring

Sabatini, speaking at a press conference, also claims that selling Lamela 'killed' him, and selling him was a 'huge pain' as he felt the winger was a fantastic player.

“It wasn’t easy to sell some players, especially Lamela. That deal killed me,” said Sabatini. “I wanted to buy him to send a strong signal to all the other clubs, he wasn’t easy to buy, but we signed a magnificent player. Selling him was a huge pain, but this also applies to others,” he added.

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