Jan Vertonghen has joked on social media that the Tottenham players can now train without their shin guards since Erik Lamela has left the club.

Tottenham announced on Monday that Erik Lamela will be joining Sevilla as a part of a deal to bring Bryan Gil to North London.

The Argentine posted a touching farewell message, insisting that the club will always have a special place in his heart and some Spurs fans admitted that they will miss watching the Argentine’s antics to wind up the opposition.

In fact, part of the reason for Lamela’s cult-hero status among sections of the Spurs fan base is due to incidents like laughing in Jack Wilshere’s face in the North London Derby and stepping on Cesc Fabregas’ hand in ‘the Battle of the Bridge’.

The 29-year-old certainly left everything on the pitch and one got the feeling that he was never too far away from a booking.

Based on Vertonghen’s latest admission, it looks as though Lamela did not shy away from nasty challenges in training either.

Here’s how the Belgian responded to Tottenham’s post on Instagram asking fans for their best Lamela memories.

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I think Spurs fans now understand what Pochettino meant when he said the rebuild will be painful. Watching Lamela and Alderweireld follow the likes of Dembele, Eriksen, Vertonghen and Rose out of the door has brought it home that we are watching the end of an era at Spurs.

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