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