Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

Lewis Holtby has explained he is relishing the chance to turn out for Tottenham Hotspur, having completed his switch to White Hart Lane.

Spurs had already secured Holtby on a pre-contractual agreement from Bundesliga outfit Schalke, but were desperate for the midfielder to arrive this month, rather than at the end of the season.

And so, Spurs sent a fee of around €2M to Schalke, to bring Holtby in early.

Now the Germany international is set to taste Premier League football.


"Ever since I decided to join Spurs in the summer, I had the feeling that I wanted to come here straight away", he explained to his new club’s official site.

"The talks with Andre Villas-Boas also made me feel so comfortable and I wanted to come here as soon as possible.

"All respect to Schalke as well. I had some great times there. I’m thankful to them. They gave me the opportunity to produce at the higher level and to get an offer from a team like Tottenham. I thank them for that."

Holtby also believes that he has joined a club that are definitely on the up.

"It’s fantastic to be here, a huge club, a club that’s getting bigger and bigger every year.

"There is so much quality here, the coaching staff is fantastic, the facilities – it’s the full package. Like footballers say, I’m over the moon!"

The midfielder could well make his Spurs debut this evening, with manager Villas-Boas admitting that he has included him in the squad for the Premier League clash against Norwich.

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