Erik Lamela has told Estadio Deportivo that the chance to play in a team that always fights and has won titles in Sevilla seduced him to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Spurs sold Lamela to Sevilla last month as part of their deal to sign Spanish winger Bryan Gil. The north Londoners handed over the Argentine plus £21.5m for the Olympic finalist, who will face Brazil on Saturday for the chance to win the gold medal at Tokyo 2020.
Lamela spent eight years at Tottenham after joining from Roma for £26m, but struggled to maintain a role last term. The 29-year-old started just five of his 23 Premier League games and played only 46 minutes under Ryan Mason. He also scored once, coming at Arsenal.
Along with his underwhelming efforts last season, Lamela had also entered into the final year of his £80,000-per-week Tottenham contract. Both factors played into Spurs deeming the 25-cap international surplus to requirements, per The Times, among several players.
Lamela has now shared that Sevilla convinced him to leave Tottenham as they will give him a chance to show what he can offer. The winger also claims he has joined a side that gives their all every game, suggesting Spurs did not.
“What seduced me the most is the club,” Lamela said. “A team that always fights, that won many titles in these years. The city as well, and the personal challenge of showing and giving what is mine, of giving what I know I can give.”
Has Lamela hinted at a problem at Tottenham in his Sevilla remarks?
Lamela may be hinting at a problem at Tottenham in his remarks claiming Sevilla give 100% all of the time. The Argentine would also not be alone in suggesting there are some at Spurs who can occasionally coast through games.
Hugo Lloris dropped a similarly big bombshell after Dinamo Zagreb knocked Spurs out of the Europa League in March. The Tottenham captain told BT Sport: “I just hope everyone in the changing room feels responsible for this situation because it’s a disgrace.
“We are a club that’s full of ambition but the team at the moment I just think is a reflection of what’s going on in our club. We have a lack of basics, lack of fundamentals. Overall, our performance is in relation to that. I think, mentally, we should be stronger, we should be more competitive. The way we play is just not enough. Not enough.”
Now, Lamela seems to be adding to Lloris’ suggestion that Tottenham are not competitive enough more of the time. An issue that new boss Nuno Espirito Santo will want to resolve.