Portuguese club Famalicão this week had an interview with winger Ruben Lameiras on their official Youtube channel.
Following the good first season the 25-year-old is having at the club, he answered some questions they received from supporters.
Lameiras’ name may not be unknown for Tottenham Hotspur fans, who saw him grow at the club’s academy a few years ago. He’s been asked about his years at the club, and claims he learned a lot there.
“I think I have a lot of memories. Before training with them, when I was 16, I would see a lot of training. There were players of great quality, who one day I thought that I wanted to be like them, achieve what they achieved in their career. It was a motivation to continue working.
“When I turned 17, I did the first training session with them and then until the age of 19, I trained almost every day. They always helped me. The players always talked to me, about what I could do or not do. The education I had there was very good.”
Lameiras was later asked if he has the ambition of going to the national team or returning to England. His answer made it sound like he wasn’t very happy outside of Portugal.
“I think all players dream of playing for the national team and playing at a higher level. But I think it’s also important to go to work and like where you’re working. I think this is very important. Being at a very big club and not to like being there… so I think it has both. I also think it’s very important to be happy at the workplace.”
Despite several matches for Spurs’ U23 side, Lameiras never managed to make his debut for the first team. He left Tottenham in 2015, but still stayed in England for a few more seasons, moving to Coventry City and Plymouth Argyle. Last summer, he was released by the League Two side and signed a four-year deal with Famalicão.