£70,000-a-week midfielder commits to Tottenham until 2019 - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Erik Lamela has committed to Tottenham until 2019 after an extension clause in his contract was activated, according to a report.
The Independent claim Spurs have secured the long-term future of the attacking midfielder to dampen fears about his contract situation.
It has been widely reported that Eriksen signed a five-year deal when he became the north London club’s £26million record signing in 2013, meaning that he would be out of contract in less than two years.
But the report says that Lamela signed an initial four-year agreement that had two option years, which have now been triggered.
This means that Lamela is signed up for another three years at White Hart Lane, removing the pressure for any imminent renegotiations.
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The Evening Standard claim that Lamela is one of Spurs’ highest earners on a deal worth around £70,000-a-week.
He struggled in his first two seasons at White Hart Lane, but was an integral player in Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they finished third in the Premier League last season.
The Argentine began the new campaign by scoring a brilliant headed equaliser as Tottenham came from a goal down to draw 1-1 at Everton last Saturday.
In 77 league appearance for Spurs, Lamela has scored just eight goals, but he was far more effective in 2015-16 and struck 10 times and supplied 11 assists in 44 matches in all competitions.
This was enough for Lamela to earn a spot in Argentina’s 2016 Copa America squad, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi.
In other Tottenham news, a deal has moved closer between the club and a £20million-rated midfielder.