Fulham newbie hails boss as key in Tottenham loan decision

Lewis Holtby says that Rene Meulensteen was a major influence in his decision to leave Tottenham to join Fulham on loan for the remainder of the season.

The German midfielder made a deadline day move across London after growing frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane as a part of the Cottagers’ late spending spree.

Holtby was linked with a host of other Premier League clubs as well as a switch back to his homeland, but instead elected to join Meulensteen’s side’s battle against relegation.

The 23-year-old says that the Dutch manager’s presence and the honesty shown by the club were key in his decision to make the move:

“I chose Fulham because I had a really good talk with the gaffer and had a really warm feeling at the club,” he is quoted by talkSPORT.

“I wanted this challenge and I want to play every week and get some match fitness because I love this game so much.

“There was a lot of speculation about other clubs but I know what happened and what the truth is and I’m happy Fulham showed such a big interest in me. I like that and it’s an honest way forward.”

Holtby was one of five late arrivals at Fulham, with Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou – a £12m buy from Olympiakos – seen as the marquee signing.

However, the West Londoners still slipped to a 3-0 weekend loss at home to Southampton.

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