Tottenham blow as key player hints at quitting White Hart Lane

By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Erik Lamela has hinted that he is ready to quit Tottenham next year.

The Argentine has thrown his long-term future at the club into doubt despite saying he feels “comfortable” at White Hart Lane.

Lamela has two years remaining on the contract he signed when he joined from Roma in the summer of 2013 and is one of a number of first-teamers that Spurs want to tie down to an extended deal.

The Argentine has suggested he is not looking too far ahead even though he has nailed down a regular starting spot for the second-placed Premier League club.

“Honestly, I feel comfortable in Tottenham, I’d like to stay one more year here,” Lamela as quoted by the Evening Standard. “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.

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“The balance is good. We are second, and a draw is enough for us to be the runner-up. It’s very positive. Before starting, we just wanted to finish well.

“We are a young team that will continue to work hard to win the title next year.”

Lamela struggled in his first 18 months at White Hart Lane but he has prospered under the tutelage of fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.

The attacking midfielder has scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in all competitions as Tottenham embarked on an unlikely title challenge which, though ending in disappointment at the hands of Leicester, will provide them with a first appearance in the Champions League since 2010/11.

Argentina manager Gerardo Martino has evidently noticed Lamela’s improvements over recent months, naming him in the country’s preliminary squad for the Copa America.

With European club football to follow on his return next season Lamela is convinced that Tottenham remains the right place for him to develop next season, but has refused to commit beyond then.

In other Tottenham news, Graeme Souness has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino has got lucky at both Spurs and his former club Southampton.