Holtby: Spurs legend Klinsmann an inspiration for me

Schalke winger Lewis Holtby expects to settle quickly at Tottenham when he joins them in the summer.

Schalke winger Lewis Holtby expects to settle quickly at Tottenham when he joins them in the summer.

Holtby should not have any problems acclimatising. His father Christopher is ­English and one side of his ­family live within easy reach of White Hart Lane.

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

“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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