Argentine to snub Inter, Juve for extended Tottenham stay

Date published: Tuesday 6th February 2018 8:57

Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela looks ready to snub any potential return to Italy after revealing how happy he is in London.

The former Roma star was strongly linked with a return to Serie A in the winter transfer window, with Inter Milan and Juventus both said to be keen on the 25-year-old.

But speaking to La Gazzetta the Argentine, who only recently returned to first-team action after a lengthy injury lay-off, said: “There’s never been anything with the Bianconeri. Inter? I only think about the club I’m at, and I am very good here at Tottenham, the club is getting better and better and I love living in London.”

Having struggled early on in his Spurs career, Lamela finally started to shine in 2015-16 before injury struck and kept him on the sidelines for over a year.

The attacker also stated another reason why he enjoying life at Tottenham so much – manager Mauricio Pochettino.

 

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He added: “Pochettino is from Argentina like me and he knows that it is not easy for a young player to settle in quickly in a completely different culture.

“At the beginning I had many problems with the language, injuries and different football.

“After the first season many people told me to leave England, but I didn’t want to give up, it was a challenge.

“Now I’m still here, so I made the right choice.”

Lamela also admits that he cannot wait to take on Juve in the last 16 of the Champions League, adding: “I am optimistic about the game, I think we can do it.

“Details will be fundamental in getting qualification. Juventus are a very strong team, they have played two Champions League finals in the last three campaigns, but we are a strong side too.”

 

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