Lewis Holtby has revealed that he would have signed a new contract at Schalke if Tottenham Hotspur had not made an approach.
Holtby, 22 insists that the German club made him a very good offer to stay but the lure of playing for Tottenham and under Andre Villas-Boas was too much of a lure to turn down.
AVB revealed yesterday that Holtby will join the club in July and not this month as some had speculated.
“[Tottenham] are not a small club and have an insanely good manager,” Holtby said. “I simply had to take the offer from Tottenham. New things don’t scare me, they excite me. In my opinion Tottenham is a big club in Europe.
“Tottenham have belonged to the top five in England for many years and they only missed out on the Champions League because Chelsea won the cup last year. Without Tottenham’s offer I would have signed at Schalke. I can only repeat that Horst Heldt made a very good offer.
“I believe that I have a good relation to the fans, because I have always been authentic and honest. Now they can decide on their own how to react.”
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