'Big pleasure to play for this club' - Kevin
21 July 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Delighted Kevin Wimmer called his parents to tell them about his new contract – and then revealed how he feels like part of a ‘big family’ here at Spurs.
The affable centre-half has put pen to paper on a new deal until 2021, following a fine first season in our colours in 2015-16 in which he made 21 appearances in all competitions.
An Austrian international, he came into his own during a two-and-a-half month spell deputising for Jan Vertonghen in the Premier League from January and represented his country at this summer’s Euro 2016 finals in France.
Now back at Hotspur Way and working hard in preparation for the new season, the 23-year-old said he’s thrilled with this latest development and underlined how much he’s loving life as a Spurs player – thanks to the support of his relatives, friends and team-mates.
“I’m delighted that I was able to sign a new contract to stay five more years with the club,” he said. “It’s a big pleasure for me, it makes me very happy and it’s a dream come true that I can stay so long with such a big club.
“I called my mum and dad (to tell them) and of course they are also very happy. It’s special for them because they know we always hard work, we train every day and the season is very long. They are delighted and very happy for me that I could sign a new contract and they are also very proud.
“People say we all have good mentalities here at the club – the people are very nice and we are like a big family. Everybody likes each other and I was welcomed very well by everyone when I joined last season so it’s a big pleasure for me to play for a big club like this.”
Although he hails from Austria, Kevin moved to England last summer from Germany following a three-year spell with 1. FC Köln and, looking back now, he said he was able to settle down quickly in the capital.
“The first year here was very good for me, I could learn a lot,” he said. “The first few months were a little bit difficult because London is such a big city and you have to get to know everything, but after two or three months everything was easier.
“When I arrived in London and at the training ground for the first time I was a little bit nervous – it’s a big club with big players and of course you don’t know anybody when you come to a new place but it was a very special feeling from the beginning, everybody was very friendly.
“Honestly I think London is one of the best cities to live in and here at the club everything is good. That’s the reason why I wanted to stay, because everything is feeling the right way.”
Viewers of Spurs TV will have seen Kevin mixing readily with the rest of the players away from the action, especially during last season’s training camp in Barcelona where he took charge of the camera to film his team-mates out and about in the Spanish city.
Speaking about the sense of camaraderie in the ranks, the defender added: “I think the team spirit is very good in our team. The training sessions, especially in pre-season, are very tough and everybody is tired but we still sometimes go out together for lunch or for dinner. We don’t just train and then everybody goes home – it’s nice to spend time with the guys off the pitch. We have very nice guys here and I think you can say that we are like a family.”