Lamela: Roma are on the rise

The Giallorossi attacker has stressed he is happy with life at the capital club despite reported interest from Manchester City, and has played down comparisons with Kaka
Roma starlet Erik Lamela insists he is enjoying his football at the club, and has not given up hopes of a top-three finish this season.

The Argentina striker has been a major plus point in an inconsistent campaign for the Giallorossi, with 11 goals in 22 Serie A appearances to his name.

The 20-year-old's form has caught the attention of a number of clubs across Europe, with Manchester City thought to be particularly interested after Roberto Mancini went to watch the player in action against Sampdoria.

However, the player himself has insisted his sole focus at present is helping Roma reach the top three, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Thanks to my family I am calm, and I think I'm doing pretty well, but I can do better with the help of my companions. I am happy at Roma, and we are on the rise.

"The most important thing is that we are each contributing [to victories]. Now, we have the match against Udinese, which is important for our continuity and to help us climb the rankings. Even though we have lost a lot of games, third place is still close. It depends on us."

Lamela's pace and attacking flair has seen him compared with the likes of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent weeks, but the Florida-born player insists he has plenty of work to do before he can emulate the Real Madrid duo.

"Am I like Kaka or Ronaldo? I am well behind them in terms of achievement, but I know I can give more. If you work and commit, you can improve," he said.