Tottenham Transfer News: Erik Lamela's Dad Reveals Player Wants to Leave

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2014

ENFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Erik Lamela during Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Europa League group match against FC Anji at Hotspur Way on December 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Erik Lamela's time as a Tottenham player could come to an abrupt end in 2014, with the winger's father revealing his son is seeking a return to Serie A.

Jose Lamela is quoted by Italian media (h/t ESPN FC) saying that a return to Italy is the 21-year-old's first choice, the nation's capital currently looking most plausible:

Erik is not happy and wants to go back to Italy. He has been linked with Lazio, but I don’t know anything about this. Could he re-join Roma? I don’t know. Tottenham does not want him to leave in January.

CNN's Tancredi Palmeri backs up the quotes:

London life hasn't been kind to Lamela, who has struggled to adapt at White Hart Lane since breaking Tottenham's transfer record with a £30 million move over the summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Erik Lamela of Spurs celebrates scoring their first goal with Jermain Defoe of Spurs during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane on November 7, 2013 in London,
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The youngster has made just three Premier League starts for the club since completing a switch to England, but is yet to score his first domestic goal for Spurs.

It's unsurprising that the Europa League has been slightly kinder to the Argentinian international, providing an easier platform on which Lamela has scored one goal and made three assists in six games, per

Lamela will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest failings of Spurs' technical director Franco Baldini, if he does leave in the near future.

Despite Andre Villas-Boas' axing as manager of the north Londoners, it was revealed by the Daily Mail's Matt Barlow that South American Lamela was actually one of those players whom AVB didn't want to bring in.

The Portuguese's judgement looked good in this case, too, with the former Roma sensation failing to fit in among the English top flight, the physicality of the division seeming to take its toll.

According to Squawka, Lamela has won less than a third of his 27 attempted tackles this term, the worst percentage of any player not playing as a goalkeeper or striker.

Despite the trickster's want-away intentions, Spurs are not willing to loan the player out, per The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson.

This is despite claims from the Mail Online that Lamela's agent is in the process of negotiating a temporary move to Inter:

Lamela is in pursuit of a place in his national team for the 2014 World Cup, but isn't getting regular minutes at Tottenham and isn't showing the necessary improvements to see that number increase significantly.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  Tim Sherwood the Tottenham manager directs his players during the Budweiser FA Cup match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on January 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Tim Sherwood has played the talent for just 92 minutes since taking over as Tottenham boss in mid-December, but has succeeded in coming upon a more regular Spurs starting XI, something Villas-Boas struggled with in his final months at the club.

Regardless of Lamela's hopes of a departure, it's uncertain as to whether the creative star will get his wish in January, with Tottenham unlikely to come upon a suitor willing to repay their considerable expenditure.