Michel Vorm: "This Club has something special"
Mon 10 June 2019, 12:33|Tottenham Hotspur
Michel Vorm described his five years at Spurs as ‘an unbelievable journey’. The last stop for the popular goalkeeper was the Champions League Final – and he believes that’s just the start for the Club.
‘Mich’, 35, joined us in July, 2014, shortly after the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching team. He made his debut in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest on 24 September, 2014 and played 47 times for us including Premier League, Champions League and semi-finals in both the FA Cup and League Cup.
The ultimate professional, pushing Hugo Lloris every day in training, Michel shared every step of his journey with at least 10 of the current squad since 2014. As he points out, that’s where relationships start to go beyond being team-mates and into lasting friendships.
“It’s like a family at Spurs,” he said. “We’ve been through a lot together. If you look at when I came in, Mauricio and his staff were also new to the Club and a lot has changed over those five years.
“I’ve seen the Club grow and grow and now we’ve played in the Champions League Final. It’s not just about last season though, it’s been a journey.
“You think about it... finishing in second place, getting back into the Champions League season after season, I’ve seen younger players develop into full internationals, captains of their countries, Golden Boot winners, I could continue... it’s more than the results, it’s everything. I’ve not even mentioned the stadium!
“We’ve spent so much time together. We have long seasons and it’s more than 90 minutes. A lot of us have been together a long time. This group of players is special and that photograph of the whole squad together before the start of the Champions League Final… that means a lot.
“I’m so pleased and proud that I’ve been part of it, even if it’s been a different role for me other than being in the starting 11 every week. I’m one of the oldest members of the squad, I have that experience and players would talk to me a lot.
“The journey has been unbelievable, just unbelievable and I’m genuinely going to miss everyone at the Club. After five seasons, that’s more than just the players, that’s all the staff as well, everyone. I started to realise that when I left for holidays. I’ve made a lot of friends at Spurs. That’s something special as well.”
Mich departs at the end of his contract and has no doubts that he’s leaving a Club going places.
He added: “We were almost unbeatable towards the end at the Lane, then we played for 18 months in a stadium that, okay it’s amazing, but it’s not ours. It was tough. We’ve been through a lot.
“Now we have the new stadium – in my opinion, the best in the world – the facilities, the players and the staff alongside the growth we’ve had over the last few years, now reaching the Champions League Final, it just means we’re in position now to go out there and do it.
“I know it’s not that easy, the Premier League is so competitive, but what we have is so special and I really believe the Club is going to go higher and higher over the next few years.”