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Fabrizio Romano has claimed on the Last Word on Spurs podcast that he has been told that Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela wants to return to Italy.

Lamela has been linked with a move away from Spurs tentatively this month.

And while Romano doesn’t think that the Argentine will leave in the immediate future, he does suggest that Lamela could exit Tottenham in the summer.

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“Difficult, difficult,” he said. “I am told that he would love to come back to Italy where he was with Roma. But at the moment, there is no Italian club looking for a winger, so I think next summer he will leave Tottenham.”

Romano’s latest update is highly intriguing as it suggests that Lamela has done a u-turn over his future.

Just four months ago, Romano claimed that Lamela was happy at Tottneham on the same podcast.

“For Lamela there has been some contact from Italian clubs but the player is happy at Tottenham,” Romano said, back in October. “He believes that next season he can do something good.”

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Lamela reason’s for changing his mind are not entirely clear. He has always been one of Jose Mourinho’s most trusted substitutes, so it may be a slightly surprise if Tottenham let him go without a fight.

Even in midweek in Tottenham’s game against Fulham – with Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, and Lucas Moura on the bench – it was Lamela who Mourinho turned to first, as he looked to grab a winner.

Lamela has not been a permanent starter for Spurs though, and at the age of 28, next summer may be one of their last chances to recoup some money for the wide-man.

Tottenham spent £25 million (Independent) to bring Lamela to North London back in 2013 and although Spurs are unlikely to make any profit on that, they could recover a sizeable amount of that investment if they were to sell him soon.