Erik Lamela says he spoke to Tottenham player about exit
Erik Lamela has finally left Tottenham Hotspur after eight years and 257 games with the North London club. The Argentina international has joined Sevilla in a player-plus-cash deal for Bryan Gil. Speaking on Sevilla’s website, he spoke of a conversation he had with Sergio Reguilon.
Lamela, 29, had entered the final 12 months of his contract at Tottenham. His game time was reducing under Jose Mourinho, with the likes of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura preferred. Little surprise, then, that he has left Spurs this summer. Fabio Paratici has engineered a brilliant deal.
It sees Spurs sign one of the most-exciting talents in Spanish football, for little over £20million and Lamela. It does, though, see one of Tottenham’s longest-serving players depart in Lamela – having joined the club back in 2013. Speaking on Sevilla’s website, he shares a conversation with Reguilon.
“I spoke with Reguilón a lot,” Lamela told Sevilla’s website. “Ever since his arrival to England he spoke wonders about the club. I knew that was the case – I know many Argentines who played here and they all speak well of the club. Fede Fazio, [Diego] Perotti… I already knew it was a great club.”
Tottenham right to get rid of Lamela, amid Reguilon conversation?
Lamela has the attributes that fans love. He works incredibly hard, produces game-changing moments and is consistent. But the experienced wide man has not done it on a regular basis at Spurs – pretty much throughout his eight-year spell. Getting Gil in return, it is a good deal.
Saying that, Spurs do still need another wide man signed this summer. Gareth Bale has returned to Real Madrid after a loan and is likely to remain – after Carlo Ancelotti came in for Zinedine Zidane. Letting Lamela go and bringing Gil in is good business, but Spurs should be far from done.
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