Rumours have gathered pace overnight that Tottenham forward Erik Lamela is set for a return to River Plate at the end of the season, with an unspecified family situation causing the former Roma man to return to Argentina.
Lamela has been out of action with a hip injury since October, although he has refuted rumours that he has spent extra time away from the club due to the passing of his family dog, Simba.
Instead, another family situation is being reported as the reason the 24-year-old wishes to move back to Buenos Aires, with Argentine radio station Radio La Red even claiming that talks had been opened between Los Millionarios and Spurs regarding a Summer switch for Lamela.
Por un tema familiar Lamela necesita venir al pais y esta la chance de jugar el semestre con la Banda. En River quieren q sea el año entero.- Nicolas Distasio (@DistasioNicolas) February 1, 2017
Due to a family situation, Erik Lamela could leave Tottenham and head to River Plate in Argentina next season. https://t.co/rpe5DuDHZ0- Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) February 1, 2017
After a difficult start to life at White Hart Lane, following a £30m switch from Roma in 2013, Lamela had begun to thrive under Mauricio Pochettino, enjoying his most prolific campaign in North London last season, scoring 11 goals and assisting many more for the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
A switch to River Plate would see Lamela rejoin the boyhood club he left for Roma in 2011.
(H/T 101 Great Goals)
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