We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 12:04 | 1/8/16

Lamela plays down Tottenham exit talk


Argentine winger Erik Lamela says he is happy at Tottenham and does not want to leave the Premier League club.

The club-record signing struggled in his first couple of seasons following his £25.8m signing from Roma in 2013, and was linked with a move to Marseille or back to Serie A last summer.

However, the 24-year-old thrived at White Hart Lane last season, scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists in all competitions as Tottenham finished third in the Premier League, their highest league position since 1990.

"Ever since I came to Tottenham I have always heard that I am supposed to be leaving," Lamela said. "It is the same every summer, I do not know why.

"From the beginning my focus has always been on Tottenham, even when things did not go as planned at the start.

"I have never wanted to leave or thought about leaving. I enjoy playing for the club and get on well with all the players, the staff and supporters.

"I feel a big connection with the club and especially the fans who have always supported me so much."

Tottenham signed Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar this summer, and the £17m Netherlands' striker says a conversation with Dutch legend Ruud van Nistelrooy helped persuade him to join the North London club.

"I want to keep everything he said between him and me because it was a big private talk," he told the Mirror.

"But I tell you one thing - he thinks Spurs are a fantastic club and just right for me."

Janssen, who started the matches against Juventus and Atletico Madrid on Spurs' recent tour of Australia, says he expects a lot of game time next season even as an understudy for first-choice striker Harry Kane.

"I think I will get plenty of playing time at Spurs," he said. "We are going to play at least 60 games this season and that's why the club needed an extra striker."

Helping to assist Messi is a 'privilege', says Paulinho

19:18 | Today

Barcelona midfielder Paulinho has said that it’s a “privilege” to help assist Lionel Messi to be the best player in the world.


Ireland to face Denmark in World Cup play-offs

12:11 | Today

Ireland will face Demark in November's World Cup play-offs, with the second leg to be played at the Aviva Stadium.


Leicester sack manager Shakespeare

15:47 | Today

Leicester City have sacked manager Craig Shakespeare just eight matches into the new Premier League season.


Lukaku kick "was on purpose", says Lovren

09:41 | Today

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku kicked him in the face "on purpose" during Sunday's Premier League game at Anfi...


Sigurdsson admits to Everton struggles

12:31 | Today

Gylfi Sigurdsson admits his Everton career "is not going as I hoped" following his big-money summer move from Swansea City.


What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.