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Erik Lamela: I have never wanted to leave Tottenham

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Even after a breakout season in 2015-16, Lamela has been constantly linked with transfers out of White Hart Lane.

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For as long as Erik Lamela has been at Tottenham Hotspur, he’s been linked with a move away. Lamela recently set the record straight in a recent interview, saying that he never considered leaving Spurs and that he has a very good relationship with manager Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs fans.

"Ever since I came to Tottenham I have always heard that I am supposed to be leaving! It is the same every summer. I do not know why. From the beginning my focus has always been on Tottenham, even when things did not go as planned at the start.

"I have never wanted to leave or thought about leaving. I enjoy playing for the club and get on well with all the players, the staff and supporters.

"I feel a big connection with the club and especially the fans who have always supported me so much."

Lamela had a disastrous start to his Tottenham career and did come very close to leaving the club last summer. He was set for a loan move to Marseille in the wake of what was supposed to be a big-money transfer acquisition for West Brom forward Saido Berahino. When that collapsed, so did his move to France, and that turned out to be excellent news for Spurs. Lamela had by far his best year for Tottenham last season, and now looks to be one of Spurs’ key players heading into Spurs’ first Champions League campaign since 2010.

"It is true some of my best games for Tottenham have been in Europe in the Europa League. I hope that can continue in the Champions League. But I also want to improve in the Premier League. Last year we did very well by finishing third. I feel we can do even better this season.

"The Champions League will be very difficult for us. But I am confident in myself and the team to perform well in this tournament. We have a very good squad and with the right draw we can go very far.

"I like playing in the big games -- maybe they fire me up a little bit more. They are nice to play in."

Hopefully this puts to bed rumors linking Lamela away from Spurs this summer. It seems pretty clear that he’s settled, happy, and playing the best football of his career.