Holtby hopes Spurs qualify for Champions League

New signing Lewis Holtby is optimistic that Tottenham will qualify for the Champions League for the coming season.

Lewis Holtby of Schalke


The German international has been snapped up by Spurs in the January transfer window, having earlier agreed on a summer move, and has already taken part in his first training session with his team-mates. 

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas spoke highly of his latest acquisition earlier on Tuesday as he called him "an extremely talented attacking midfielder who can play in a variety of roles". 

Holtby is equally enamoured at the opportunity of playing in a Spurs jersey and stated his hope of helping the north London club qualify for the Champions League - they are currently in fourth, the final qualification berth, although they face stiff competition from the likes of Everton and Arsenal. 

"I wanted a quick decision and it happened like that. I can now settle in to the Tottenham Hotspur way for a few days before the international fixture next week," he told the club website. 

"I'm looking forward to the rest of the season and hope we qualify for the Champions League.

"It’s fantastic to be here, a huge club, a club that’s getting bigger and bigger every year. I’ve been looking at the club and there is so much quality here, the coaching staff is fantastic, the facilities, it’s the full package. 

"All that and a great city like London. I’m very happy – like footballer’s say, I’m over the moon! I’m very pleased to be here, thankful and I will do my best.

"I can't wait to play my first game." 

Having starred in the Bundesliga with Schalke, the 22-year-old could be forgiven for not being abreast with the latest developments in the Premier League. However, the youngster revealed that he has been following the current season quite actively through various means. 

"I follow on Twitter, YouTube, I've got the App on my phone. I'm keen to get every result and watch every game. 

"I'm so excited to be here and living it now. 

"I'm very happy now I've achieved (my ambition) to play in the Premier League and especially at a club like Tottenham Hotspur.

"It’s massive, fantastic. The best I’ve seen. I’m so proud to be here and to be able to work in such a fantastic facility. It’s Champions League (facilities) and it’s now up to us to get there."

He also credited Villas-Boas as having been integral in helping convince him to give up on continental football with Schalke. The midfielder played in all of the club's group stage fixtures and contributed three assists as they booked a last-16 tie against Galatasaray. 

"I played Champions League with Schalke this season, we progressed to the last 16 against Galatasaray, but for me, since I decided to join Spurs in the summer, I had the feeling that I wanted to come here straight away. 

"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 a higher level and to get an offer from a team like Tottenham. I thank them for that."

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