Lewis Holtby has revealed that he joined Fulham on loan to increase his chances of making the World Cup with Germany.
Holtby signed for Tottenham in the January of 2013, but has failed to make a real impact at White Hart Lane under former manager Andre Villas Boas.
He had featured just six times for Tottenham this season, and made the switch across London for Fulham, with the Lillywhites capturing the highly rated German Under 21 international.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Holtby stated: “I reviewed my season at Spurs and checked how many games I had played recently and I’m a player who wants to play,” he said.
“I’m hungry for games, especially in the Premier League, that’s what I came here for.
“It is a great opportunity for me now at Fulham to get these games and get the full trust of the gaffer, Mr Meulensteen, and show my abilities and what I can do and maybe slot in to the Germany side too, somehow, to get my confidence running.
“I want to show the Premier League and all the pundits what I can do week in, week out on the pitch. To stay in London was perfect, everything felt right from the start. I will try and show people what I can do and hopefully the German national team as well.”
The former Schalke playmaker has swapped a European fight, for a relegation dog fight that Fulham find themselves in.
Holtby made his debut in the recent 3-0 defeat against Southampton last week, and featured in yesterday’s morale boosting point at Old Trafford, as Darren Bent snatched an equaliser in the last minute of the game, in a 2-2 draw.
Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen hailed Holtby as a ‘class player’.
Holtby is still unsure were his long term future lies, with Bundesliga clubs Schalke and Borussia Dortmund keen on the striker, as well as Premier League side Everton.
He said: “It’s very early doors to be honest, I have a half-season loan deal and our task is to stay in the Premier league and if I think about the summer now then I’m not thinking about the task. I have a long contract at Tottenham so I can’t really say what will happen in the summer.”
By Ben Reardon