Erik Lamela is hoping to be rewarded with a new contract at Tottenham after turning his career at the club around.
It took the £30million signing quite some time to settle in North London, and even now, it seems rarely a day goes by when he isn’t linked with a return to Serie A.
However, the Argentinian has established himself as a key component of Mauricio Pochettino’s attack, playing alongside Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen just behind the striker.
Lamela’s representatives are in discussions with Spurs over a new deal, and he could follow in the footsteps of Alli, Eriksen, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, and Eric Dier in putting pen to paper.
The attacking midfielder is currently on around £65,000 a week, which makes him one of the Lilywhites’ top earners, but that wage should increase once he signs a new contract.
“I would like to [sign a new deal] because I am very happy here. I feel part of this team which is improving,” he told the London Evening Standard.
“I have a group of excellent team-mates and I feel very good around them.
“It would make me happy to play for more years in this shirt. Will I be the next to sign? Let’s hope so. At the moment I am thinking only of playing and about Saturday’s game against Leicester.”
For some reason, Lamela continues to be a divisive figure among fans, with many arguing he provides more style than substance. It’s difficult to argue, though, that he fits nicely into Pochettino’s system, and it seems only a matter of time until he commits his future.