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Tottenham Hotspur Flop To Train With River Plate During Summer Break In Attempt To Impress Mauricio Pochettino

Record signing to work with former club to improve fitness.

Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Erik Lamela will train with Argentine champions River Plate this summer, according to The Telegraph.

However, the 22-year-old is not thought to be angling for a move to the Buenos Aires side.

Instead, his decision to link up with his boyhood club seems to be motivated by his desire to impress new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino when pre-season training begins.

Lamela endured a difficult debut season in England following his £30m move from Roma in August 2013.

Hampered by injury, the 22-year-old failed to find form and managed to make just eight starts – five of which came in the Europa League.

Lamela has not played for Spurs since December because of a back problem.

He has been capped six times at senior international level, but his lack of fitness and game time saw him omitted from Argentina’s squad for next month’s World Cup in Brazil.

Pochettino was confirmed as Tottenham’s new head coach on Tuesday, when he penned a five-year contract at White Hart Lane.

Lamela is apparently very keen to make a good impression on Pochettino, 42, and will work with River’s youth team and fitness coaches, before returning to Tottenham training one week before the majority of his teammates.

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