By David Woods

18th Apr, 2018 | 4:06pm

Tottenham to trigger contract clause for first-team star as Levy issues hands-off - report

Tottenham will trigger the second option they have on Erik Lamela’s contract, according to a report.

The Independent claim that there has been considerable interest in the 26-year-old from Italy, Spain, Portugal and France, and Daniel Levy wants to ensure that Lamela doesn’t have to face unnecessary questions with just one year left on his contract.

This means that he will remain a Tottenham player through the 2019/20 season.

Lamela has returned to the Tottenham side this year after a lengthy injury and has been given his first-team place back at the expense of Heung-Min Son in some important games.

He is in the frame to start in the FA Cup semi-final against Man United on Saturday.

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Great news for Tottenham fans, but they’ll be wondering why it couldn’t be as straightforward with Toby Alderweireld. They must be sorely regretting putting a release clause into the enforcer’s contract option that triggers if they take up the extension. With Lamela it’s simple – they want him to stay and Pochettino obviously sees him as part of their long-term plans. 

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