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Friday 30 August 2013

Spurs agree deals for Lamela and Chiriches

Tottenham Hotspur sign midfielder and defender while Nathan Chalobah extends Chelsea contract

  • Lamela has played for River Plate and Roma

  • Erik Lamela is Tottenham Hotspur's sixth signing of the summer

  • Chiriches helped Steaua Bucharest win the Romanian Liga I championship last season

  • Chalobah featured for Chelsea's first team during the tour of Asia

Tottenham Hotspur have continued to strengthen their squad with the signings of attacking midfielder Erik Lamela and defender Vlad Chiriches.

Lamela joined on Friday afternoon and becomes the club's sixth summer signing following the capture of Chiriches earlier in the day.

"We are delighted to announce that we've reached agreement with AS Roma for the transfer of Erik Lamela," read a statement on the Spurs website.

The 21-year-old began his career at River Plate in Argentina and moved to Roma in 2011, scoring 21 goals in 67 appearances for the Serie A side, including two in the 4-2 victory over AC Milan in December.

He made his debut for Argentina in 2011 and has won a total of three caps.

Centre-back Chiriches joined FC Steaua Bucharest from Pandurii Targu Jiu in July 2011 before helping them win the Romanian Liga I championship last year.

The 23-year-old made 42 league appearances during his stay in the Romanian capital, scoring once, and his impressive appearances at club level have resulted in 18 appearances for the Romanian national team.

Chiriches provides competition for places in the heart of defence for Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul.

Midfielders Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and Spain striker Roberto Soldado have already joined Spurs so far this summer.

Chalobah extends commitment to Chelsea

Nathaniel Chalobah has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea to 2018, the club have confirmed.

The 18-year-old midfielder is a product of the Chelsea Academy and was involved in the club’s pre-season tour of Asia, after helping Watford reach the Championship play-off final while on loan there.

"I know I must continue to improve to earn a place in the Chelsea team"
Nathan Chalobah

“It is great for me that Chelsea are willing to give me such a long contract, it is a big confidence boost,” Chalobal told the Chelsea website. “I have developed a lot as a player but I know I must continue to improve to earn a place in the Chelsea team and with my future settled, I can concentrate on doing that.

“Watford was a great experience. I learned about playing in front of a crowd every game and so many other lessons that there are too many to list. Training with Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea squad this pre-season, every session has been different with something new to take on board. I've enjoyed it a lot.

“I would like to thank all the coaches who have helped me throughout my time at Chelsea.”

The Chelsea manager was delighted to tie the teenager to a new deal.

“He's a very, very good player and I like him very, very much,” Mourinho said. “I am very impressed. For sure he is a Chelsea player.”

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Key Points

  • Tottenham Hotspur agree deals to sign Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches
  • Lamela joins from Roma while centre-back Chiriches moves from Steaua Bucharest
  • Chelsea's Nathan Chalobah signs new deal at club through to 2018