Erik Lamela denies Tottenham exit rumours

Erik Lamela celebrates
Image: Erik Lamela scored 10 goals in all competitions from Tottenham last season

Erik Lamela has denied rumours linking him with a move away from Tottenham, insisting he is focused on his future at the club.

The Argentina international, who joined Tottenham from Roma at the start of the 2013/14 season, has become an important figure in Spurs' transformation under manager Mauricio Pochettino, having initially struggled at White Hart Lane.

The club-record signing scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in all competitions last season to become a regular for Pochettino and has featured heavily in Spurs' pre-season tour of Australia.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Dejected Spurs players react after conceding a second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenha
Image: Tottenham finished third in the Premier League last season

Reports linked Lamela with a move to Marseille during last summer's transfer window, but the 24-year-old is used to speculation and is convinced Spurs is the right place for him to develop.

"Ever since I came to Tottenham I have always heard that I am supposed to be leaving," Lamela said. "It is the same every summer, I do not know why.

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"From the beginning my focus has always been on Tottenham, even when things did not go as planned at the start."

Despite a frustrating finish to the season that saw Spurs' Premier League title challenge fall short, Lamela is eager to help improve the team this campaign.

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"I have never wanted to leave or thought about leaving. I enjoy playing for the club and get on well with all the players, the staff and supporters," Lamela added.

"I feel a big connection with the club and especially the fans who have always supported me so much."

Tottenham take on Inter Milan in their final pre-season fixture on August 5 ahead of their Premier League opener against Everton at Goodison Park.

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