Erik Lamela has put over a yearlong speculation surrounding his future at Tottenham Hotspur to bed after revealing that he has no intention of leaving the north London club. The attacking midfielder moved to the Premier League from AS Roma in 2013 and had a difficult start to his life in England.
The 23-year-old was expected to leave White Hart Lane in the summer, but his transfer was blocked by Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Standard. He has been a regular inclusion this season and has already scored seven goals, which includes a hat-trick against AS Monaco in the Europa League. He has heaped praise on his manager for his impressive run since the start of this campaign.
"It seems that every summer I have been here there have been suggestions I might be leaving. I don't know why that came about but no way was I leaving. It has never been my intention to do that," Lamela told the Mirror.
"The manager has helped me a lot. One of the reasons is that the training sessions are really tough. The coaches really push us and you can see the benefits. "
Tottenham suffered their first home defeat of the season as they went down 2-1 to Newcastle United. They are fifth in the table with 26 points, three points behind fourth place Manchester United.
Lamela hopes to score more goals for his side as the season progresses, but the Argentine international is now looking for Champions League football with his current employers.
"Yes, I am a team player and everything is based on the needs of the team," the former Roma star explained.
"As an individual I have personal ambitions – scoring goals, giving as many assists as I can but also working hard for the team and doing a job in defence as well. My ambitions are for the team and what we can achieve as a whole.
"A dream season? We can't start using phrases like that because there is still half the season to go. If at the end of the season we can look back and see Spurs in the top four, that would be a great personal achievement and it would prove that the team has done a great job as well."