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Holtby relishing visit of old side Schalke in final preseason friendly

Tottenham face German outfit Schalke on Saturday, with Holbty facing his former team for the first time since leaving them 18 months ago.

Tottenham come up against Bundesliga side Schalke this weekend at White Hart Lane. It is the club's final friendly before their opening Premier League game with West Ham on August 16th. And for one player, it will be a very special moment indeed.

German midfielder Lewis Holtby moved from Germany to White Hart lane in 2013 after four years at the Veltins-Arena. A combination of a superb loan at Mainz, as well as his last two years with Schalke saw the midfielder make 3 appearances for the German national team, as well as becoming one of the most highly rated youngsters in the Bundesliga.

Tottenham picked him up for just €1.75 million, though his time in the Premier League hasn't always been easy. Under Mauricio Pochettino, Holtby already seems to be a more integral player, starring in each of the pre-season games he has played in.

It's no surprise then to hear that the 23-year-old is relishing his old side coming to White Hart Lane on Saturday.

“They’ve got a very good team,” the midfielder told the Tottenham website. “They’ve got some brilliant new signings – Sidney Sam and Eric Choupo-Moting, two players who are very skilful – and they’ve got good players all around the team with the likes of Julian Draxler and Benedikt Howedes, who comes back as a World Cup winner. It’s going to be a very good test for us before the kick-off in the Premier League.”

“Obviously we’re playing against my old team," Holtby added. "It’s a great thing for me personally and I hope we can show something on the pitch and give something back to the fans.

“It’s always a brilliant occasion when you play at home for the first time after the summer."

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