Erik Lamela has told Tottenham Hotspur's official website that he believes learning the English language will help him settle in quicker at the North London club.
Spurs' club record £30million signing from Roma has had a slow start to his career at White Hart Lane, but after scoring his first goal for the club in a Europa League fixture against FC Sheriff earlier this month is now hoping to hit the ground running.
The Argentinian said: “I’ll work hard in training and I want to improve my language, to learn the English language, that’s one of my main targets.
“It’s a learning process and that’s what I’m trying to get used to.
“It’s essential to be able to communicate in English, to talk to my team-mates, to everyone in the team and then in my personal life outside the football. It’s vital I learn the language.”
The 21-year-old came to White Hart Lane full of promise but has found it hard to break into a team that contains the in-form Andros Townsend and a host of other summer signings as Spurs reinvested the money from the world record transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Lamela, who has five caps for Argentina, has yet to start a Premier League game for Tottenham after his manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted the language barrier is a problem and the winger 'isn't producing half of what he should be'.
But Lamela impressed when given a chance against FC Sheriff, scoring his first goal for the club and putting in a man of the match display.
The former River Plate star admitted he was relieved to have scored his first Spurs goal, whilst he is also happy playing for the club.
“I was lucky that my family was here, my girlfriend as well, and my goal was dedicated to them,” he added. “I’m happy it happened that way.
“I’m grateful that my family is here, also my team-mates, the technical team and everyone has been really helpful. I’m glad to be working with them.”
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