Caulker's delight at new deal
Steven Caulker spoke exclusively to us after signing a new contract with the club until 2016 – and heading off to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games.
It’s great to see you again Steven and it’s fantastic news, as you’ve signed a new deal. How does that feel?
Steven: “It’s fantastic. I enjoyed my loan spell last season at Swansea and now I’m back at Spurs and it’s where I want to be. To be offered a new deal is something I’m very proud of, and I’m looking forward now. It’s exciting times ahead, especially with a new gaffer coming in, so I’m looking forward to the Olympics to begin with and then the new season ahead.”
You came through the Academy system here at Spurs and people always say it means that little bit more when you’ve come through the ranks. Is that how it feels for you?
Steven: “Yes, definitely. I’ve been here since I was 15, I’ve worked my way through and hopefully this will be the year I get my opportunity and it will be up to me to take it. The club has supported me for the last four, five years and that would be a nice way to repay them.”
Have you had the chance to meet Andre?
Steven: “Yes, I’m really looking forward to working with him. It’s exciting times for the club with a new training ground as well. Everything will be fresh and let’s hope we can have another good season.”
A lot of people will say how you played at Swansea last season will suit the style here and how Andre will want to play.
Steven: “Yes, even last year Spurs played a great style of football, they were one of the most exciting teams to watch, so to be part of that next season, especially under a new gaffer, is something I’ll relish. As I said, it’s exciting times for me and the club.”
One player you’ll know well from Swansea is a player we announced as a signing yesterday, Gylfi Sigurdsson. Tell us about him.
Steven: “He’s a fantastic player and not just that, he’s a fantastic guy off the pitch as well, very humble. He’s always last off the training pitch, works very hard and he’ll bring a lot to the team. He’s great with both feet and a threat going forward.”
You’ve been called up for the Great Britain Olympic squad. How does it fell to be an Olympian?
Steven: “It’s something I’m very proud of, likewise my family. I relish the challenge. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re going into it with a strong squad. We’ve got the likes of Senegal in the group and teams like Brazil in the tournament, so it will a challenge. If we could get a medal it would be great for GB and for me personally.”
To have an Olympic medal around your neck would be a dream.
Steven: “It’s something you just wouldn’t imagine as a kid, I always used to dream of the World Cup or the Euros. It would be something to look back on for many years.”
Just to be part of it on home soil must be very special.
Steven: “As I said, it’s massive, especially with the likes of Giggs and Bellamy in the squad. It’s something I’ll relish.”