Lewis Holtby is set to leave Schalke 04 this summer and head to the English Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur having signed a pre-contract deal.
The Schalke 04 playmaker’s contract is due to expire in the summer after both parties failed to agree terms on an extension. Holtby is currently training in Qatar with the rest of the squad and has yet to undergo a medical with the London side.
Tottenham Hotspur are currently competing for a top 4 finish in the Premier League and the opportunity to play in next season’s Champions League. At the start of the 2012/13 season they sold Luka Modric to Real Madrid and Rafael van der Vaart to Hamburg, positions that Holtby is set to fill.
Lewis Holtby’s father is from England, but the player chose to represent Germany at national level where he has won 3 caps and made himself ineligible to play for the England national team in the future.
Schalke 04 captain Benedikt Höwedes is confident Holtby will work hard during the second half of the season:
“He’s made his decision, and that’s that. I’m absolutely sure he’ll be giving his all for the team through to the finish.”