Holtby wants starring role with Spurs

by Michelle Fortune , 25 March 2013

Lewis Holtby is looking forward to getting a full pre-season under his belt as he tries to force his way into the Tottenham first team.

Holtby was expected to join Spurs in the summer but the White Hart Lane club agreed a deal with Schalke that saw him move to London in January. He has only made five Premier League appearances for Andre Villas-Boas side and is eager to win a place in the starting line-up for next season.

The 22-year-old will lead Germany in this summer's Under-21 European Championships and is hopeful a successful tournament followed by a full pre-season will see him force his way into Villas-Boas' plans.

"In the summer, with my first pre-season and hopefully the tailwind of a successful Under-21 European Championship, I want to win a place on the [Spurs] team," he told kicker.

"I am under contract until 2018. I have trust in myself and will establish myself there. And if I show what I am capable of in the top level, I have good chances for the Germany senior team.

"I can play various positions. I believe, the number six is the position for my future. Between six and ten, I feel best in central midfield."

Holtby is slowing adjusting to life in the Premier League and is pleased with some of the differences between English and German football.

"It's easier to work on those little things in training, as there are no media or fans at the training ground," he added.

"This enables you to work totally professional," he said. "The game is faster [in England], it constantly goes up and down. There is also more respect between coaches and players, but also for the referee."

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