Garcia wants Lamela to stay

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has included Erik Lamela in his squad to face Livorno and wants the reported Tottenham Hotspur target to stay at the club.

Last Updated: 24/08/13 at 23:50 Post Comment

Erik Lamela: Roma forward has been linked with a move to Tottenham

Erik Lamela: Roma forward has been linked with a move to Tottenham

Speculation has claimed that Tottenham are trying to sign the Argentina international in a reported €30million (£25.8m) deal as a possible replacement for Gareth Bale.

However, Garcia is keen for the 23-year-old forward to remain at the Stadio Olimpico after seeing Daniel Osvaldo leave Roma for Premier League side Southampton.

"I won't change what I said pre-season, which is that I wanted all the players in the squad to remain, but this is not the day to talk about the transfer market," said Garcia at a press conference ahead of Sunday's Serie A opener away to Livorno.

"There are two aspects to be considered: sporting and financial. At times the financial aspect comes first. I always consider the transfer market to be the worst time for a coach and the fact our season begins before the session has closed is irritating.

"We are working along with the directors and I trust they will give me a competitive squad."

Regarding Lamela, Garcia added: "Every coach would love to have a player who scores 15 goals per season and who is a regular in the Argentine national team.

"Erik is in the squad, exactly like the other 22 players. I can't do anything about the transfer market, so I am concentrated on tomorrow's game to start with a win.

"I have faith in my club because this will be a strong Roma, which is important for the fans and for all of us. I trust the club will give me options, so if someone leaves he'll be replaced by someone of the same level."

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