Tottenham Hotspur outcast Holtby comments on future and talks up Louis van Gaal

Lewis Holtby

On-loan Fulham midfielder Lewis Holtby has reiterated his desire to make himself a success at White Hart Lane, commenting: 'I still believe I can do that. I have the qualities to play for Tottenham.'

Lewis Holtby is relishing life at Craven Cottage, and is now an integral part of the club's fight for survival. In January, the 23-year-old signed up with Rene Meulensteen at Fulham, although the former United coach was fired just a few weeks after.

Despite the Meulensteen's sacking, and a rough start under Felix Magath, the Tottenham star has really come into his own and is now a huge part of Fulham's survival hopes.

Nevertheless, the former German international has reiterated his desire to return to White Hart Lane in the summer and prove himself a success.

'Absolutely, I signed a long contract at Spurs, and you know, I was hoping to have a long future at the club and I'm still believing in it,' said Holtby.

'I still believe in my qualities, I still believe, that yeah, I can play for Tottenham.

'But no, at the moment, to be honest, as I have said in my interviews, all my thinkings and all what I'm thinking about now is staying up with Fulham and staying in the Prem.'

His attitude is very impressive, especially considering that life in London hasn't been easy for the German. He has gone from being tipped as the 'deal of the century' by Andre Villa-Boas, to out on his ear by current Spurs boss Tim Sherwood.

Nevertheless, with an expected change of management at White Hart Lane, the former Schalke midfielder was quick to talk-up prospective new manager Louis Van Gaal.

'He [van Gaal] has proved in the Dutch league, in the Spanish league and in the German league that he is a top, top manager,' said Holtby.

'It's not up to me to judge a very big manager on how good he is, I'm just saying he has won a lot of things, and I think the way Bayern Munich are playing now is [down] to a lot of his handwritings.

'I've played against him, and I think he's very good'

Louis van Gaal could look to use Holtby more in the future and would know him well from past experiences, this is not forgetting that once upon a time in Germany, Holtby was considered as one of, if not the most promising German youngster.

Which, by all accounts, is no small feat.

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