Holtby was brought to Spurs in 2013, and he only played 42 games for the Lilywhites before moving on two years later.
However, the German midfielder still feels a strong affinity towards Tottenham, because of the way the supporters at White Hart Lane treated him.
He said: “The first game at the Lane against Newcastle was unbelievable.
“The fans had a song for me straight away, they pulled me close. They made me feel at home straight away. That is something quite unique, I’ve never witnessed that before.”
Holtby’s move to Spurs didn’t go to plan, but he has gone on to prove his quality since.
The 28-year-old has shone in the Bundesliga, and become a regular for Hamburg.
The German side were surprisingly relegated last term, but Holtby stuck by his club to prove his loyalty.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have progressed since Holtby left and established themselves as regulars in the Champions League now.
Spurs are currently in third place in the Premier League table, with their next match coming against Ajax on Wednesday.
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