Lamela loves River but not planning return to his roots from Tottenham

The Argentine forward has admitted in the past that he intends to head home at some stage, but he does not see a move being made any time soon

Erik Lamela insists his “love” for River Plate will not lead him to seek an imminent move away from Tottenham.

The 26-year-old Buenos Aires native began his career on the books at Los Millionarios after graduating out of their academy system.

He would take in just one season as an established senior star with the club, though, before completing a high-profile switch to Roma.

Lamela has since gone on to link up with Tottenham and penned a new four-year contract with the club over the summer.

He intends to honour that agreement, with there no plans on his part to head home any time soon.

“I don’t know, in this moment I am thinking only Tottenham,” Lamela said when quizzed on the prospect of ending his career at River.

“Tottenham is the club that is giving me everything. Of course I love River but, it is not time to think about coming back.”

While turning out in Europe for now, Lamela continues to keep a close eye on events in his homeland.

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A Copa Libertadores final clash between arch-rivals River and Boca Juniors is currently dominating the football scene in Argentina, with the first leg of that contest having finished 2-2 on Sunday.

“I think River are playing very good at the moment, without me,” said Lamela.

“I am confident that they can win [against Boca], I hope they can show in another final that they have experience and I believe in the team.”

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While remaining coy on his future plans at present, Lamela has conceded in the past that he intends to make his way back to River.

He said in 2015: “I feel that it's something that I owe to myself. I left River after the team had fallen down to Serie B.

“I have something that hasn't finished in my history with River. I owe to them who I am and I owe to myself to play there once I finish my European experience.”