Lewis Holtby could hardly be happier with the way things have gone in his short Tottenham career so far, and the German midfielder says he is 'living the dream' at White Hart Lane.
Holtby completed a cut-price move from Schalke to Tottenham shortly before the transfer deadline, having initially agreed to join the club on a free transfer when his contract with the former expired at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old though was desperate to accept the chance to join Spurs six months early, and his feet have hardly touched the ground since he joined up with Andre Villas-Boas' side last week.
“I have been living my dream for the past few days,” Holtby wrote on Fussball.de. "I am playing at an absolute top club in the Premier League.
"The day the transfer went through, I left for London with just a small suitcase and a few hours later, I was already on the Tottenham training ground, getting the traditional kick up the backside from my new team-mates by means of welcoming me.
"That's the way things are here in London - hard but hearty."
Holtby has made two substitute appearances for Tottenham so far - the first coming in the 1-1 draw with Norwich last Wednesday, and the second during the defeat of West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Both games saw Gareth Bale net with sensational strikes for Spurs, and Holtby felt privileged to witness the Welsh winger hammer in the decisive goal against the Baggies on Sunday.
“I loved my second game for Spurs, in which a dream goal from Gareth Bale meant I could celebrate my first win," he added.
"I will never forget this game against West Brom. The fans sang a song for me for almost all of the second half. It was incredible and I really had goosebumps. I had never expected such support so soon.
"I've just been in England a week and they already have a song for me, who would have thought it?"