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Lamela hoping to land Tottenham contract extension

The Argentine forward is already tied to Spurs until 2018, but admits he would be open to discussing fresh terms with White Hart Lane officials

Erik Lamela has opened the door to becoming the next first-team star to commit his long-term future to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Argentine forward is already tied to a deal which is due to run until 2018, having penned a five-year contract upon his arrival from Roma in the summer of 2013.

That agreement also includes a two-year option which can be triggered by Spurs, but it may be that fresh terms are tabled in an effort to fend off any unwelcome interest from afar in the 24-year-old.

Lamela, who has improved considerably since enduring initial struggles in the Premier League, admits he would be only too happy to discuss an extended stay at White Hart Lane.

He told the Evening Standard: “I would like to [sign a new deal] because I am very happy here. I feel part of this team which is improving. I have a group of excellent team-mates and I feel very good around them.

“It would make me happy to play for more years in this shirt. Will I be the next to sign? Let’s hope so. At the moment I am thinking only of playing and about Saturday’s game against Leicester.”

Top-four hopefuls Spurs, who will be hoping to force their way into title contention again this season, have already enjoyed a productive run regarding the retention of key men.

International stars Eric Dier, Delle Alli, Christian Eriksen, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have all put pen to paper, while it is hoped that talks with Jan Vertonghen will soon reach a positive conclusion.

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