Holtby expects to settle well at Spurs


Lewis Holtby is expecting to settle well into English life when he makes the move to Tottenham Hotspur in July.

Holtby’s father is from Liverpool and the German Under-21 captain is looking forward to following in the footsteps of other Germans to have played for Spurs such as Jurgen Klinsmann, Christian Ziege and Steffern Freund.

There is a lot of anticipation surrounding the arrival of Holtby at the Lane, let’s hope he lives up to it!

Speaking exclusively to Sunday Mirror, Holtby said: “I was a bit young to properly remember Jurgen Klinsmann at Tottenham, but I know he is a legend of the club,”

“He joined the club with big expectations and everybody thought ‘he’s a German diver’. But he scored his first goal, made the dive in celebration and that made him very popular .

“He’s a legend in Germany and at Tottenham, so it’s great to be joining the club he played for.

“I know Steffen Freund from his time working with the German national set-up.

“We’ve had conversations and it will be good to work with him. It will also be nice to have another German lad at the club, even though I consider myself half-English.

“It shouldn’t be a problem for me to adapt. My dad’s sister, his brother and my nan live in ­Bedford. My cousin’s family are big Tottenham fans. I have a lot of family in the area, which will make me more ­comfortable.

“There are also the German lads, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, at Arsenal and that will make the rivalry even better for me.

“The north London derby is already something I am looking forward to and with those German boys it will be extra-special.”


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