The Dutchman, who made his Spurs debut in last month’s Capital One Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, arrived at the Club with plenty of experience of English football after three successful years at the Liberty Stadium, during which time he plied his trade in the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup – all competitions we’re involved in this term.
And now that he’s settled in, the 30-year-old says he’s relishing his work with fellow stoppers Hugo Lloris, Brad Friedel and youngster Luke McGee – all under the watchful eye of Goalkeeping Coach Toni Jimenez.
“It’s obviously a new club, new players, new goalkeepers and a new goalkeeping coach for me, so it’s something totally different to what I was used to previously – but in a good way,” said Michel at the Training Centre today.
“I still like to learn, even though I’ve been around for a few years, and it’s great working with Brad, Hugo and Luke. Just speaking about Brad and Hugo, it’s been quite natural for me to fit in. They’ve been in football a while so that makes it easier – and we’re all relaxed, we are easy-going guys and in a way we’re quite similar.
“We work hard so it’s been an easy and natural transition for me.”
On working with Goalkeeping Coach Toni, Michel added: “He’s very lively and energetic and I like the way we work. Toni is always on everyone – he tries to help you understand new things and he pushes you to be better and better.
“I’ve just played the one game so far and Hugo is doing amazingly, and we’re working well together.
“I’m 30 years old now, almost 31, but I still like to learn and I still want to be a better goalkeeper. I definitely feel I’m always improving.”