Erik Lamela has revealed he is looking forward to taking on Tottenham tomorrow in a pre-season friendly in South Korea, 12 months on from leaving the club (SevillaFC.es).
The winger spent eight years at Spurs and made over 250 appearances for the club, contributing 36 goals and 46 assists in all competitions before departing last summer to join Spanish club Sevilla (TransferMarkt).
Lamela endured yet another injury-hit season last time out, but has declared he is ‘working hard every day’ to bounce back with a healthier campaign this year (Sevilla).
When asked about his time at Spurs, the Argentine warmly responded: “After so many years at Spurs, it’s going to be a special game for me. I’ll be seeing many teammates and I have a lot of friends there.”
Despite the fact that Saturday’s game is only a pre-season friendly, the atmosphere should be a special one. Not only is Lamela reuniting with old friends, but the South Korean fans will also get a look at their native hero, Heung Min Son, who Conte revealed will start the match (Football London).
Speaking about the South Korean attacker, Lamela told reporters (Sevilla): “I’ve been talking to him these days and I hope to see him and give him a hug tomorrow. What can I say about him? Every year he shows his incredible talent.”
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While fans bemoaned Lamela’s consistent injury problems, the winger ball-rolled and slide-tackled his way to cult hero status among many of the Spurs faithful during his time in North London. The manner in which he still talks about the club only cements that fact.
Lamela always gave his all for the badge through thick and thin, so he deserves a resoundingly warm welcome at Saturday’s match in South Korea.
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