Erik Lamela has admitted that he did not think that he would remain at Tottenham Hotspur for as long as he as when he first arrived at the club in the summer of 2013.
Lamela was one of seven players who Spurs brought in on the back of the exit of Gareth Bale in 2013 (Bleacher Report), and it is fair to say that he came with a high expectation on the back of a fantastic season for Roma (Bleacher Report).
However, the Argentine did take time to adapt to the Premier League, with his first season at the club not going according to plan.
Fast forward to 2020 and the 28-year-old has now completed seven years at the club and is the only remaining player from the seven who arrived in 2013, a situation that he admits he did not foresee.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Lamela said: “Honestly, I did not think I would stay this many years (at Tottenham).
“But now I feel very good. I am enjoying it, I feel motivated and I feel part of the team here.
“I love the people at the training ground. I am almost one of the longest players to be here, no?”
After winning their last three Premier League matches, Spurs have given themselves a chance of qualifying for the Europa League.
The midfielder stressed the importance of being involved in European action next season.
He added: “We know that we have to play in the Europa League.
“It is very important for the club, for the fans and for the players. For everyone here.”
The long-serving Spurs star also revealed that he dreams of winning silverware with the Lilywhites, after having spent so many years at the club.
The Argentina international added: “I would like to win something with Tottenham.
“I have had so many years here and I think the team, the players and the fans deserve something more.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While I initially prefered to miss out on Europe all together if we failed to get into the Champions League, I have come around on the Europa League after hearing Jose and the players speak about it.
We would stand a realistic shot of winning the competition and it would be good to see us have a real go. Winning trophies like the Europa League or the FA Cup might be the catalyst we need to push us to bigger things in the future.
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