Kevin Wimmer has told the Hampstead and Highgate newspaper that every area of his game has improved since moving to Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs signed Wimmer from German club Cologne in the summer transfer window, but the 23-year-old has not featured particularly regularly so far.
Despite his lack of first-team football, the Austrian international insists that he has progressed since moving to White Hart Lane and he says that his fitness is much better.
“I’ve learned quite a lot, I have to say,” he said. “I’ve improved myself a lot. I’ve got a very good feeling - my body shape, everything, is much better than before I came here.
“Training sessions in pre-season were very hard and also during the season. If you don’t play too much you can work a lot on your fitness, and I always did a lot of extra work and I can feel that.
“A lot of people said ‘he’s not playing and that’s bad’. Of course, it’s always better if you play every weekend but I try to do my best and try to improve myself. In the training sessions here we have so many brilliant players and you can learn from everybody.
“My body fat went down a lot because of the training. I take care of what I eat every day, all the time, and I feel very good at the moment and I just want to keep it like this.”
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is famed for his gruelling training sessions, which demand that his players have high levels of physical fitness, so it is no surprise to see Wimmer improve in that respect.
Wimmer has only played seven times for Spurs so far, but he could be set for a run of games over the coming weeks.
With Jan Vertonghen set to miss a large chunk of the season with injury, Wimmer is next in line to receive a spot in Pochettino’s starting line-up.
He will be under pressure to hit the ground running at White Hart Lane, too, as he takes over in a defence that currently has the best record of any team in the Premier League.