Tottenham: Holtby determined to fight for place

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Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby insists he has not considered leaving the club and says he is ready to fight for his place in Andre Villas-Boas' starting lineup this season. 

Holtby, who only arrived in North London from Bundesliga outfit Schalke in January, has been linked with a temporary switch away from Spurs following the arrival of a number of midfielders this summer. 

In addition to the purchases of Brazilian international Paulinho, former Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue and Belgian talent Nacer Chadli, Spurs have also completed the signings of highly-rated Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen and Argentine starlet Erik Lamela.

Such extravagant expenditure prompted by the departure of Welsh star Gareth Bale has resulted in Holtby falling considerably down the established pecking order at White Hart Lane, with the promising 22-year-old yet to feature in the Premier League this season. 

However, Holtby, who has won three international caps for Germany, claims he is very pleased to be part of such a formidable squad and says that such impressive strength in depth is crucial if the club are going to complete for honours. 

"I don't know where these rumours have come from," Holtby was quoted by talkSPORT. "I missed nine weeks for Tottenham and missed the pre-season and it has been a tough summer.

"We are determined to show the gaffer that everyone is needed at the club and everyone is ready to play in the big games. I am very pleased to be in this squad.

"You need a big squad if you want to challenge for trophies and be strong in every competition. I think we are going to get some very good results this season.

"I knew that Tottenham was going to be a big club in Europe and to be a part of that, it just makes your game better," he added. 

Tottenham, who suffered a 1-0 defeat to fierce rivals Arsenal in a hotly-contested North London derby on Sunday, are back in top-flight action with a home fixture against Norwich City on September 14. 

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