Holtby chose Tottenham over Arsenal because of Villas-Boas

Future Tottenham Hotspur signing Lewis Holtby has revealed he turned down the chance to join Arsenal instead because he wanted to play under Andre Villas-Boas, according to the Daily Mirror.

It was announced last week that Holtby had agreed a summer switch to White Hart Lane once his contract with Bundesliga side Schalke expires, although Schalke’s general manager, Horst Heldt, has claimed if Spurs are willing to meet their valuation of the player the transfer could be completed in January. Heldt added however that time was a factor, as the club needed to know if they would be forced into the January market to replace Holtby or if they had until the summer.

But with Holtby bound for Tottenham sooner or later, the midfielder has revealed one of the prime reasons he chose Spurs rather than Arsenal. He said: “[Tottenham] are not a small club and have an insanely good manager.

Villas-Boas has been in charge at Tottenham since the summer when he was tasked with replacing Harry Redknapp, who was sacked despite taking the club to fourth place in the league. Ordinarily that would have seen Tottenham qualify for the Champions League but Chelsea’s victory in the competition meant they took England’s last spot in the tournament despite ending the season in sixth place in the league, with Tottenham dropping into the Europa League.

Under Villas-Boas, Tottenham are currently third, 13 points adrift of league leaders Manchester United, six behind second place Manchester City but four clear of Arsenal, who are currently sixth with a game in hand.

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