He said: “I am very happy to play in Spain. The coach knows me and convinced me to go to Gijon. I think I made the right decision.”
Veljkovic, 19, won the Under-20 World Cup over the summer with Serbia, and is considered one of the brightest talents in the Spurs academy. He has made three first-team appearances for the Lilywhites, and spent last season out on loan with both Middlesbrough and Charlton.
He struggled to make an impact with either side, but he has undoubted talent, and the defensive midfielder’s move to La Liga should allow him to play consistently in a top European league, ensuring his development starts progressing at a faster rate.
Sporting began their first season back in La Liga over the weekend, securing an impressive 0-0 draw with Real Madrid, and it should be that Veljkovic is utilsed in his natural midfield role for the club, rather than as a centre-back - being able to play that position as well.
Considering the lack of depth Spurs currently possess in defensive midfield, it is a surprise to see Veljkovic heading out on loan this season, but clearly Maurico Pochettino believes he will be better set spending the 2015/16 campaign away from White Hart Lane.