Fabrizio Romano claims 29-year-old is not planning on leaving Tottenham

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Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Erik Lamela has no intention of seeking an exit from Tottenham Hotspur.

Lamela moved to North London from Serie A outfit Roma in August 2013 for a fee of £25.7million following the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid (BBC).

The Argentine scored a stunning rabona goal against Arsenal last weekend, but received his marching orders in the second half after picking up a second yellow card.

The 29-year-old has only started five of the nineteen Premier League matches in which he has been involved this season (transfermarkt).

Romano believes that the midfielder is happy at Tottenham and wants to fight for his place in the starting eleven.

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho recently praised Lamela’s desire following the defeat to Chelsea.

“He wants to stay, he wants to focus on Tottenham, so first of all congrats to Lamela for his goal, but he wants to stay. There are a lot of rumours, but he’s always focused on Tottenham, his main idea is to stay and to fight for his place, to be a starter at Tottenham. At the moment he is not planning on leaving the club,” Romano told the Here We Go Podcast.

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Lamela’s time at Spurs has been marred by numerous injuries, at 28, he still is unable to hold down a regular place in the starting eleven.  At best the Argentine is a squad player and can often be a liability with his tenacity finding himself in the referee’s book.

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