Holtby hopes for Tottenham return and praises 'exceptional' Van Gaal

The midfielder says he wants to fulfil his White Hart Lane contract but is currently focused on trying to help Fulham escape relegation from the Premier League
By Hassan Talib Haji

Lewis Holtby says he is hopeful of returning to Tottenham and seeing out his contract when his loan spell with Fulham ends this summer.

The midfielder moved to Craven Cottage in the January transfer window on a short-term deal after struggling to establish himself under Tim Sherwood.

Holtby has gone on to become a key figure for the Cottagers, making 10 appearances and scoring once, but says he is not currently thinking about his future.

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"There is little sense in talking about other clubs since I have a long-term contract at Tottenham,” he told Goal.

“The status quo is that I will go back to Spurs after the summer holidays. I can't tell you what is going to happen until then. My agent takes care of everything and as far as I know his mobile is always turned on.

"I loved playing for Tottenham and I would like to fulfil my contract there. But at first it is important to avoid relegation with Fulham.

"Alone because of these unbelievable fans. I would be a shame if such a great club would not play in the top league.

"I will only think about stuff when the time comes to think about it."

Goal understands Sherwood will be replaced as manager at White Hart Lane at the end of the season with Louis van Gaal favourite to take over, and Holtby is an admirer of the Dutchman.

"There is always lots of talk,” he added. “Louis van Gaal is an exceptional coach, you can't deny that.

“He led big teams to big success. I don't know whether he will be the new coach and of course it is not for me to decide. I don't want to think about it now."