Lewis Holtby Could Leave Spurs In January Despite Wanting To Stay At White Hart Lane

German only arrived in the capital at the turn of the year. 

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Tottenham Hotspur midfield player Lewis Holtby may be forced to leave White Hart Lane when the transfer window finally reopens again for business in January, despite recently vowing to remain in north London and fight for his place in the team, according to reports in the Daily Star.

The highly rated Germany international has only been at Tottenham since the turn of the year, with Holtby arriving in the capital from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of just £1.5m.

And in the intervening period, the 22-year-old has gone on to feature in a total of 17 matches in all competitions for Andre Villas-Boas’s side, 11 of which came in the Premier League.

However, since the end of last season Spurs have undergone a major transformation in personnel following the world-record departure of wide man Gareth Bale to Spanish giants Real Madrid, with the north London club using the proceeds from the Wales international’s £85m transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu to sign some of the world’s biggest stars.

Some of those new arrivals, such as the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Paulinho, have been bought to play in Holtby’s position at the Lane, leading to recent speculation the German may return to Schalke in January, although the player himself is adamant that he wants to stay in the capital and fight for his place in the team.

“I am very pleased to be in this squad,” he said recently.

“You need a big squad if you want to challenge for trophies and be strong in every competition.”