Tottenham Hotspur loanee Lewis Holtby has admitted in an interview with Fanbookz that he misses the White Hart Lane atmosphere.
Holtby, 23, moved to Tottenham in the winter of 2013 after impressing in the Bundesliga with Schalke, but found first-team opportunities sparse in the club’s crowded midfield.
Spending the second half of last season on loan at Fulham under former manager Felix Magath, the German midfielder made three appearances under Mauricio Pochettino at the start of this term, before joining Hamburg in September for the remainder of the campaign.
The transfer being with a view to a permanent switch, a report from Bild in October claimed that a £5 million option had been triggered in his contract after certain terms were met, but no official word has been heard from either club at this point.
Out until March after breaking his collarbone last month, the three-time capped international insists he doesn’t regret moving to England, despite his promising career stagnating since, and argues that he would make the exact same decision if given a second chance.
“Definitely – no one can take that experience away from me,” he said. “You can’t guarantee you’ll get the chance later in your career.
“I grabbed the chance. It didn’t end perfectly for me but I got the experience to be in a big club with 22 top players and played enough matches.
“The English stadiums – they are unique and have something special about them and the atmosphere is unbelievable,” he continued.
“White Hart Lane, in particular. I had a really good relationship with the fans and felt welcome from the first day.”
Keeping tight-lipped on his future, Holtby wouldn’t rule out a return to the Premier League at some point but, for now, is 100 per cent focused on getting back on the pitch to help Hamburg.
“I don’t think about it at the moment because I’m focused on being at Hamburg,” he added.
“I want to settle here and establish myself at the club. That’s my aim.”
It sounds like Holtby could well be back in German football for good then but, until word becomes official, he remains on Spurs’ books.