Blackburn Rovers new signing Lewis Holtby has said that he can’t wait to return to English football after spending five years back in his native country Germany.

Lewis Holtby completed a move to Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers on Thursday morning, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal at Ewood Park after departing German side Hamburg upon the end of his contract at the end of last season.

He spent two and a half years in England from 2012 to 2015 with Spurs and having spent time away in Germany, Holtby has said he is excited to return to the country and start a fresh challenge with Blackburn Rovers. Speaking to the club website upon the announcement, Holtby said:

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I’m very, very happy and can’t wait to get back on the field.  It’s like I’ve turned back time again in coming back to England.

“I’ve turned 29 this week, so I’m a bit older than I was than the last time I was in England, but I’m just happy to get a new challenge at what is a very warm club. The people that I’ve got to know here, such as the gaffer, I can see that this is a club with ambition and a club that wants to get back to the Premier League.

“For me, from now on, the aim is to show my best football to improve the team and myself. Hopefully, we can get going to have a positive time together.

“I think the move took so long because it was a big decision to return to England. I’ve played at Hamburg, which was a really intensive time for me over the five years. After that, you try to figure out your personality, what you’re looking for and what you want to do.

“Coming back to England, with me being half-English, it was a very attractive proposition for me and playing in the Championship is a new and exciting challenge for me,”