Steven Pienaar has expressed his delight at joining Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
The midfielder completed his move from Everton earlier this week and is available to make his debut at Newcastle today, Tottenham reported on their website.
The South African international counts Ajax and Borussia Dortmund amongst his former teams and has the experience of three-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League under his belt after joining Everton in the summer of 2007.
He has watched Tottenham’s progress from the outside looking in and cannot wait to be part of things.
“I’m delighted to be here,” he beamed at Spurs Lodge on Thursday.
“As a player, you want to play in a good team and challenge yourself and that’s what I always try to do as an individual.
“There is a great manager at this club and one of my team-mates with the national team plays here (Bongani Khumalo) and he told me about the club, that it’s a big club, it’s a club on the up that plays good football.
“I have played a few times against Spurs and I know the club has a big following in South Africa so, for me, being from there, it was an easy choice to make.”
As for his target for the rest of the campaign, Steven admits it’s now a case of trying to earn a place in the starting line-up.
“For me personally, I want to make sure I work hard and fight for a starting place in the team,” he said.
“I know it won’t be easy but I am mentally strong to do that.
“For the team, we are not far off first place in the Premier League so I think we’ve got a good chance to go all the way and win a trophy this season.”
Renowned for their attacking play and determination to go out and try to win every game, home and away — domestically or in the Champions League — Steven says the Tottenham’s style of football was also important.
“I played with Rafa (van der Vaart) at Ajax, where we played attacking football and I want to be in a team that plays attacking football that is exciting for the supporters to watch,” he added.
“I hope to bring a lot of energy, creativity and of course hard work to the team.
“I always put the team before myself and I think that’s important as a player and that’s the kind of player I am,” he concluded.— Reuters