Friday November 8 2013
Lamela: I'm not Gareth Bale

Former Roma attacker Erik Lamela has insisted that he felt no pressure joining Tottenham for £30m.

The north London club broke their transfer record to sign the Argentine playmaker from the Giallorossi in the summer.

And the 21-year-old has claimed that he is under no pressure, and is not a replacement for Gareth Bale.

“I’m not Gareth Bale, I’m Erik Lamela,” he told the Evening Standard. “Bale is Bale, I am Erik Lamela.

“Bale is at Real Madrid, one of the most important clubs in the world. He is who he is and I am who I am.

‘People have said many things about me and about the other players who joined last summer. Everyone can bring his own qualities and give his best for the team but it is wrong to say I was brought here to replace Bale.

“The transfer fee is no pressure for me, because when I went to Roma in 2011, they paid quite a lot to bring me from River Plate.

“The size of the transfer fee is a good thing for me. It means that Tottenham were prepared to go the extra mile to get me, so I want to show them what I can do, always for the benefit of the team.”

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