Blackburn Rovers have confirmed on their official club website that German international midfielder Lewis Holtby has joined the club on a free transfer after his release from Hamburg earlier this summer.

Since departing German outfit Hamburg at the end of the season upon the expiry of his contract, midfielder Lewis Holtby has been on the lookout for a new club. Now, it has been confirmed that he has returned to England with Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

Holtby – who previously played in England with Spurs and spent time on loan with Fulham – has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Rovers. Prior to deciding to make the move to Rovers, the club website writes that the 29-year-old considered offers from “all over the world” before deciding he wanted to make a move back to England.

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder has played the vast majority of his football in Germany over the course of his career. He came through the youth academy at Alemmania Aachen and made his breakthrough into senior football with them before joining Schalke. He spent three and a half years with Schalke before joining Spurs.

In his time at White Hart Lane, Holtby played 42 times, also spending a short stint out on loan at Fulham. Since then, he has been playing his football for Hamburg, where he amassed 138 appearances before departing the club earlier this summer. Now, Holtby will be hoping to impress at Ewood Park to help Rovers improve on their mediocre start to the season.