Holtby expects to settle well at Spurs

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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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