‘Wanted a change’ – Player says he ‘did not hesitate’ to leave Spurs in the summer

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Erik Lamela has admitted that he ‘did not hesitate’ to leave Tottenham in the summer and explains it was simply to do with wanting a change of scenery. 

Lamela, 29, spent eight years at Spurs after joining from Roma in 2013, but a stint plagued by injuries prevented him from truly fulfilling his talent and potential. 

An opportunity for change cropped up for the Argentine in the summer, when he eventually departed North London to sign for Sevilla in a deal that saw Bryan Gil move in the opposite direction 

Lamela hit the ground running on his arrival in Spain by scoring twice on his debut for the club against Rayo Vallecano, before following up the brace a week later with the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Getafe. 

He has since commented on his decision to leave Spurs after such a long time, and admits there were no second thoughts about swapping England for Spain. 

In an interview with Estadio Deportivo, Lamela said: “Sevilla had an interest in me when I was very young, we played a championship and the final was against Sevilla and that came up.

“I did not hesitate, from the beginning, I was very excited, I felt that I wanted to change of scene, leave England [and Tottenham].

“I [never] doubted because I always liked Sevilla. They have had Argentine players, the teammates spoke to me well about the club, which fought for important things in recent years and that encouraged me to come.”

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The move seems to have benefitted both parties as it looked obvious that Lamela was no longer progressing at Spurs. He clearly realises that it was the right time to move on as well, and it is nice that he has managed to find a club to get his head down. 

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