Erik Lamela says learning English will help him settle at Tottenham Hotspur

Argentine winger moved to White Hart Lane for a club-record £30m in August

Erik Lamela, Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing has claimed he is does his best to settle at White Hart Lane – and his main objective is to learn the English language.

The Argentine winger moved to Spurs for £30m from Roma during the summer, but has yet to carry over his sparkling form from Serie A to the Premier League. The 21-year-old has started six out of his 10 appearances for Andre Villas-Boas’ team this season, and has scored one goal - opening the scoring in Tottenham’s 2-1 home win over FC Sheriff in the Europa League earlier this month.

“I’ll work hard in training and I want to improve my language, learn the English language, that’s one of my main targets,” he said. “It’s essential to be able to communicate in English, to talk to my team-mates and then in my personal life outside the football.”

With Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury on international duty last week, Lamela will have an integral role in the Spurs squad over the next couple of months.