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Monday 1 May 2017

Pochettino laughs off talk of Lamela leaving

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off suggestions Erik Lamela is looking to leave Tottenham this summer. Photo: John Walton/PA
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off suggestions Erik Lamela is looking to leave Tottenham this summer. Photo: John Walton/PA

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off suggestions Erik Lamela is looking to leave Tottenham this summer.

Lamela will travel to ­Barcelona today for surgery as he looks to kick-start his recovery from a hip injury, which has kept the winger out since October.

Pochettino admitted in ­January that Lamela had grown frustrated on the sidelines and even allowed him to have ­treatment at his former club Roma in a bid to reinvigorate the 25-year-old.

Spurs have confirmed ­Lamela will not feature again this season, with reports ­suggesting the Argentinian may have played his last game for the club and is seeking a return to Italy.

"That was so strange to hear," Pochettino said.

"In the media Lamela is linked with different clubs and it's so difficult for me to understand.

"It's a player who has not played since October and all that he is suffering in the last four, five months, do you think that he is thinking to move?

"He is thinking to go to Italy? He is very happy here.

"I think it made me laugh, every time I hear all that in the media, because it is impossible for him, impossible for the club, impossible for his agent, impossible for his people, to think about moving. Where?

"I think you know better than me that it does not make sense."

Tottenham travel to ­Burnley today, looking to ­reduce a 10-point gap ­behind ­Chelsea while extending their ­advantage in the race for ­Champions League ­qualification, but Burnley have lost only three matches at Turf Moor all season.

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