An interview that Erik Lamela gave to an Argentinian TV sports channel has generated headlines regarding his future at Spurs.
Speaking about his successful season, in which he has become an important player for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, Lamela gave an insight into his future plans which have alarmed Tottenham fans.
“Honestly, I feel comfortable in Tottenham, I’d like to stay one more year here.
“We are a brave group, very competitive. Hopefully everyone can stay together so we can improve and win some [form of] title. This year it was not possible but we were close and we will play the Champions League now.”
The bit which has got knickers twisted is Lamela’s claim that, “I’d like to stay one more year here.”
It seems likely that this may be an example of a players thoughts being lost in translation, or at worst a bit of haggling ahead of a likely new contract.
Lamela is three years into the five-year contract he signed when joining the club in 2013. With two years remaining on his deal, it’s a certainty that he’ll be offered another contract this summer.
If Lamela’s intention was to leave after next season, he surely wouldn’t sign the contract and if he didn’t, it’s likely that Spurs would choose to cash in on him now rather than allowing the winger’s transfer value to be reduced.
The likelihood is that Lamela will indeed sign a new contract at the end of the season and be a Tottenham player for a fair bit longer than just another year.