Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has said that he is happy to have completed the signing of German midfielder Lewis Holtby on a free transfer having been unable to get the deal done earlier in the summer.

Blackburn Rovers announced the signing of midfielder Lewis Holtby on a free transfer yesterday, bringing in the German international on a free transfer after his departure from Hamburg earlier this summer.

He put pen to paper on a two-year deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021. Now, manager Tony Mowbray has been speaking to the club’s website upon his arrival, saying that he is pleased to get someone in of Holtby’s calibre. He said:

“He’s somebody who we’ve been tracking since the summer so we’re pleased to get him in, especially after receiving some really positive reports on him. 

“My frustration was that it didn’t happen during the transfer window, but his fitness looks really good and now we’re happy he’s here. He’s been training today and has shown he’s really tight with the ball, picks good options on the ball and is very crisp with his passing.

“He’s another good player to have in the squad. He has good leadership qualities and has a good personality that will fit into the squad perfectly.

“We didn’t think it would come our way to be honest, because he had a lot of options from places far away. But because he loves football and loves talking about football, this environment is the right one for him. Hopefully, he’ll grow in stature and be a big player for the team. It’s about doing it on the grass because names mean nothing.”