He told the Daily Mail: "I know people think I have left Palace for the money, but there is another side to this. I don't think about the money and it never played a part in my decision. People need to understand that I loved playing for Palace. Micky Hazard was brilliant for my career, encouraging me to do my stuff and really pushing me.
"I owe Micky Hazard a lot. 'When I broke into the reserves, Dougie Freedman was the coach and he would tell me to do a trick and show what I could do. I enjoyed playing under him.
"My school (the London Nautical) have always been behind me, too, and teachers like Neil McGregor have played a huge part in my development. I am excited about moving to Spurs and playing football in a way that will suit my talents.
"I want to be the best player in the world and I believe I have it. I watch videos of Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo and believe I can do it. Why should I lower my sights? No one can hold me back. I respect big name players and I admire them, but I'm in the same environment as them now.
"I've had emails from supporters telling me they never want to see me at Selhurst Park again, but Palace are my team and that won't change. I've got great memories of the place and if I ever play there, I will go back with my head held high. Neil Warnock gave me my debut and I won't forget that."