Spurs star pours cold water on possibility of return to Argentina

Oli Fisher

Erik Lamela has once again revealed his love for River Plate, but claimed he is not looking to leave Spurs to return home any time soon.

The 26-year-old began his career on the books at River Plate after progressing through and eventually graduating from their prestigious academy.

Lamela then moved on to Roma and eventually Spurs, where he signed a new four-year deal with the club over the summer.

He has previously hinted at the possibility of a return to Argentina, stating in 2015: “I feel that it’s something that I owe to myself. I left River after the team had fallen down to Serie B.

“I have something that hasn’t finished in my history with River. I owe to them who I am and I owe to myself to play there once I finish my European experience.”

However, in his most recent interview following River’s 2-2 draw with Boca Juniors in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores final clash, he poured cold water on rumours of an early return.

“I don’t know, in this moment I am thinking only Tottenham,” Lamela said when asked about the chances of ending his career at River.

“Tottenham is the club that is giving me everything. Of course I love River but, it is not time to think about coming back.

“I think River are playing very good at the moment, without me.

“I am confident that they can win [against Boca], I hope they can show in another final that they have experience and I believe in the team.”


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