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*Mounir on Spurs switch

Posted on 31 January 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Mounir El Hamdaoui reports that former Spur Johnny Metgod offered him the lowdown on Spurs ahead of the young striker making the switch to White Hart Lane.

Metgod was coach to the 20-year-old recruit at Excelsior Rotterdam and is well qualified to pass on advice, having spent a season at the Lane - 1987-88 - following a successful spell at Nottingham Forest.

"He talked to me about Spurs," said Mounir - pictured signing his contract - of his former coach. "He told me what kind of club it is and said it is great, also telling about the people here and their love for football. He told me a lot about Spurs and English football.

"It is a fantastic move for me and I am happy that I can come here.

"Since the age of 10 I have played for Excelsior and this is my first transfer. I am a technical player and I like to score goals, that is my job!

"I'm not going to put pressure on myself, but I hope to play and will work hard in training to be in with a chance of selection. If they put me in I will do my best, try to score and play well.

"I've always watched the Premiership, it is one of the greatest competitions in the world. The play is quick and the level is high - it will be a good challenge."

As well as switching clubs, the Dutch under-21 international has recently accepted the opportunity of winning full international honours with Morocco.

"I've played for the Dutch and I will now play for Morocco. It was a big decision but I had the feeling I must play for Morocco. My parents are from there and it makes sense."

Frank Arnesen is delighted with the recruitment of a young striker he feels will flourish in the development group within the club.

"He is a striker who has already played at the highest level for a number of years in Holland," added the Sporting Director. ""He has done very well and been involved with the under-21 group of the national team in Holland and, at this moment, he has an invitation to play in the next World Cup qualification game for Morocco.

"He is a player that many teams have looked at and, fortunately, we are the lucky ones to sign him.

"You have to put him in the category of Ifil, Defendi, Ziegler, Yeates and Marney - and some of them are progressing quicker than others. He is definitely a big talent and maybe a bit further ahead because he already has three years under his belt at senior level."