Erik Lamela distances himself from return to former club


Erik Lamela is currently enjoying somewhat of a resurgence to his career at Tottenham Hotspur this season, but is not letting himself get carried away.

The Argentine has already scored eight goals in 13 appearances for Tottenham during the current campaign.  

Lamela joined Spurs from Roma in August 2013 for an initial fee of around £25.7million (BBC) but has struggled to make a consistent impression due to a series of injuries.

One of his most notable stretches of inactivity was from October 2016 to November 2017 after being sidelined with a persistent hip problem which eventually required surgery in his home city of Buenos Aires.

Despite his previous injury record, he was rewarded by Mauricio Pochettino with a new four-year contract extension in July to keep him at the club until 2022.

After returning to action, he is keen to repay his gratitude to Tottenham and has no immediate plans to play once again for his boyhood club River Plate.

Lamela made 36 appearances for River Plate between 2009-2011 before joining Roma and still wears their club badge around his neck.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, he was asked about a return to the club who are in the Copa Libertadores final against rivals Boca Juniors: “I don’t know, in this moment I am thinking only Tottenham,”

“Tottenham is the club that is giving me everything. Of course I love River but, it is not time to think about coming back.

“I think River are playing very good at the moment, without me. I am confident that they can win [against Boca], I hope they can show in another final that they have experience and I believe in the team.”

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