Robinson admits he was surprised to hear midfielder could leave Spurs

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Former Tottenham Hotspur number one Paul Robinson has said that he expects Erik Lamela to stay in North London beyond the summer and believes that the midfielder has Jose Mourinho’s trust.

Lamela’s injury problems have continued since Mourinho arrived at Spurs, with the Argentine unable to keep himself fit enough to get a consistent run in the side (transfermarkt).

However, the 28-year-old was handed a start in the number ten role in behind Harry Kane for Tottenham’s first game back against Manchester United on Friday.

The tenacious midfielder was arguably Spurs best performer on the day as he hustled and harried the United defenders and midfielders, and proved a vital outlet for the home side with his ability to retain possession.

Some reports have claimed that the former Roma man is among the players that Spurs are prepared to sell this summer in order to raise funds for their transfer targets  (Daily Star).

However, Robinson believes that the long-serving Spurs midfielder is integral to Mourinho’s plans going forward.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former England goalkeeper said: “I was surprised when I heard he might leave because he always does such a good job when he plays.

“We know how good Lo Celso is and how good he has been but then the team sheet comes out and Lamela is playing. That shows what Jose thinks of him.

“But there will have to be departures at Spurs if Mourinho wants to bring players in this summer. The club have made it quite public how this period has affected them financially.

“His performance on Friday night shows that he is still integral to Jose Mourinho’s plans.”

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I do not believe we will sell Lamela this window as it is clear that Jose Mourinho rates him highly. Right from the day he arrived at the club, the Spurs boss has been quite complimentary of the Argentine.

His work rate, tactical discipline and versatility is something that clearly appeals to Jose. Even if the 28-year-old is not a regular starter, I still expect him to be an important squad player.

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