Sherwood will welcome Germany back next summer.
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says Lewis Holtby has a future at the club, despite his deadline day loan move to Fulham.
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Holtby, 23, joined the Cottagers until the end of the season after making just one start – in the disappointing home draw with West Ham – since Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas last month.
But Sherwood has insisted the German midfielder has a future at White Hart Lane and says he will be welcomed back next summer.
“I’ve said previously that, in my opinion, we’re pretty strong in that area of the field,” Sherwood told a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Hull.
“The last thing I want to do is to stop players who I don’t see featuring on a regular basis, and I think he’s a good lad who warrants a start. He’s certainly one that I sanctioned to be able to leave the club.
“Has he got a future here? I think he has, yes. It will be great for him now at Fulham to play regular football.
“I can’t see him not playing regular football in Fulham’s side, and he will benefit from the half a season he’s got left playing in the Premier League. We look forward to welcoming him back in the summer.”
Holtby’s agent Marcus Noack said: “Fulham has put much effort into Lewis. It is a very well-run club with an excellent manager, Rene Meulensteen. The system and philosophy how Fulham plays fits well with Lewis.
“He will have match practice in the second half of the season in his favourite position and then we’ll see how things are going by summer.”
Holtby was linked with a return to former club Schalke, who he left to join Spurs last January, and Borussia Dortmund but Noack said a move back to Germany could not be agreed.
“A return to the Bundesliga has been shattered due to circumstances we couldn’t control.”