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Roma boss wants to keep Lamela

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AS Roma manager Rudi Garcia has declared he wants star man Erik Lamela to remain at the club, ahead of the Sunday's Serie A opener at Livorno.

Lamela is one of the star wide players to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane in recent weeks and is widely expected to join Tottenham, with Gareth Bale on the verge of a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and long-standing target Willian joining Chelsea.

Garcia was reluctant to reveal too much on Lamela's future, but is hopeful the Argentinian international stays and was very cautious over the players future.

"Every coach would love to have a player who scores 15 goals per season and who is a regular in the Argentine national team," said the Roma boss.

"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."

Roma have already seen a minor overhaul at the club with Maarten Stekelenburg, Marquinhos and Pablo Osvaldo some of the key players to leave, while Italian midfield maestro Danielle de Rossi has also had plenty of speculation surrounding his future at the club.

Likewise they have also been very busy with Gervinho, Morgan De Sanctis, Kevin Strootman and Maicon some of the players arriving at the Giallorossi.

But Lamela is arguably Roma's most important player and someone who can set the foundations for the club's future. It will take a significant sum of money for Roma to part with their prized asset.

Tottenham also haven't been adverse to spending this summer, with a very active transfer window at White Hart Lane. Manager Andre Villas-Boas has made the acquisitions of Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Ettiene Capoue and Paulinho.

The fee for Lamela is being touted at 30 million euros and Levy will be hoping that size-able fee is enough for the Serie 'A' side to part company with the wing-wizard.

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