Vorm relishes chance to battle with Premier League’s elite at Tottenham
PUBLISHED: 16:05 06 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:05 06 August 2014
Michel Vorm is thrilled to have joined Tottenham and is relishing the chance to battle the Premier League’s elite for Champions League qualification.
The 30-year-old Dutch goalkeeper started his career with Utrecht in Holland before moving to Swansea in 2011. And, having cast admiring glances towards the top of the table during his time in England, he is elated to find himself at Spurs after his £3.5million transfer.
“For me, I think it’s one of the best clubs in the Premier League and I’m very pleased to be here,” he said. “If you get a chance to sign for a team like Spurs, with all the qualities they have, all the facilities they have and the potential, it was quite easy for me to be honest.
“It’s a team with a lot of quality and I’ve already heard great stories about the manager and all the players. It’s a whole new experience to be at a top team and a top club. It’s a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.
“Everything is new for me. You’ve got players who have already played at big clubs and come to this club – maybe it’s easier for them. But for me everything is new so I’m looking forward to everything – to White Hart Lane and this immense training ground, to training with such a quality squad, to all the big games like Arsenal and Chelsea.”
Vorm added: “I think everybody knows that all the big teams have signed new players, and every year it’s hard to talk about expectations.
“But if we talk about ourselves, we have a lot of quality and if you have a good manager – which we have now – and make sure we finish the pre-season well and start well in the league then we can definitely fight with the big teams this year. That’s something we have to do as a club like Spurs, and I’m 100 per cent sure we will.”
Eyebrows were raised when Vorm, who went to the World Cup with Holland, opted to join Spurs, given the competition he will face.
Hugo Lloris’ personal performances stood out in an otherwise bleak season for Spurs last campaign, with the France captain rightly being ranked amongst the top goalkeepers in the Premier League and arguably the world.
Meanwhile, 43-year-old Brad Friedel has also extended his stay for another term, giving the Lilywhites a strong goalkeeping roster – but Vorm is looking forward to a friendly fight for the No1 jersey.
“I’ve worked with a lot of goalkeepers and they’ve always been good fun,” he told Spurs TV. “At a certain level you have to compete with each other but you’re also great colleagues. I’ve always been like that throughout my whole career, and I’m looking forward to starting to do the same over here.”
Vorm swapped Swansea for Spurs in a double deal alongside left-back Ben Davies – and he believes the 21-year-old Welshman will be a big hit at White Hart Lane.
“Ben is very talented, humble and he’s a great guy,” said Vorm. “Obviously his football skills have brought him here and he did well for Swansea. He’s a very easy-going guy and I think he’s a left-back with a lot of potential.
“He’s a great player and I think he will fit into the team quite easily – especially the way Spurs try to play, that will suit him very well. For me it’s also nice to have him around and for him it’s the same. I will definitely help him out and vice versa.”
Davies is not the only familiar face in the Tottenham squad, and Vorm added: “I know a few boys, I played against them in Holland as well so I think that’s a little bit of an advantage for me, and obviously I’ve played against the boys here in the Premier League.
“Jan [Vertonghen] and I have seen each other quite a lot over the years and we both speak Dutch. His missus is Dutch and it makes things easier.
“That’s always good, if you start at a new club and you can talk with someone who has been here for a few seasons and can help you around. Jan is a good guy and he’s definitely going to help me.”
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