Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 have confirmed the departure of Lewis Holtby to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur FC.

The Royal Blues have reached an agreement with Tottenham that will see 22-year-old Holtby join the London club with immediate effect after the three-time Germany international had already agreed a pre-contract deal that would have seen him arrive at White Hart Lane in the summer.

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Holtby, who is born to a German father and an English mother, joined Schalke from Alemannia Aachen in 2009 and became a key player for the club after producitve loan spells at VfL Bochum and 1. FSV Mainz 05.

This season, the Germany Under-21 captain featured in all 19 Bundesliga games, scoring four goals and providing seven assists.