Friday 13 July 2012

Sigurdsson spurred by Tottenham's ambition

Icelandic midfielder struck by club's desire for trophies and impact of Andre Villas-Boas

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is looking forward to his first season with Tottenham

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been impressed by his first taste of life at Tottenham Hotspur where he has been struck by the ambition of "a massive club with fantastic players".

Tottenham beat off competition from a string of other clubs to sign the Icelandic international from Hoffenheim last week, and the 22-year-old is relishing life with the Barclays Premier League side.

"I’m delighted to be here," Sigurdsson told the club's official website. "It's a massive club with fantastic players.

"Spurs is a big club, we aim to win titles and silverware"
- Gylfi Sigurdsson

"This club is always improving. There is massive ambition from the board and the players are really ambitious as well. We’re all looking forward for the new season to begin."

The midfielder made a huge impact after arriving on loan at Swansea City last January, scoring seven goals in 19 appearances and winning the Barclays Player of the Month for March.

"The main target at Swansea was to stay in the league," he added. "Here at Spurs, it's a big club and we aim to win titles and silverware.

"I think the most important thing is that we get off to a good start in the Premier League, get a good momentum and then we can take that into the Europa League and then the FA Cup. We want to play for silverware in every competition we are in."

Sigurdsson is not the only new face at Spurs, with defender Jan Vertonghen's transfer from Ajax having been confirmed on Thursday and the finishing touches to the new coaching team, headed by Andre Villas-Boas, having been competed on Wednesday.

"[Andre Villas-Boas] is great," said Sigurdsson "He's very positive about coming here and the players have really enjoyed it. It looks good with him and all of the staff. I can't wait for the season to start."

Tottenham get their new Barclays Premier League campaign under way with a trip to Newcastle United on Saturday August 18th.

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Key Points

  • The 22-year-old struck by ambition of club
  • Sigurdsson hails 'positive' impact of Andre Villas-Boas
  • Defender Jan Vertonghen's transfer from Ajax confirmed