Schalke UK news @Schalke_UK tweeted his press conference "I'd like to start by thanking every 'Schalker' for the great year here. I spent a long time thinking about my decision. "I'd like to take the chance of fulfilling my childhood dream. Even as a little boy I dreamed of playing in the Premier League. "I asked myself a lot of questions. What will happen next year? Is it too early? "Schalke's offer was good. But Spurs are a top club and I'm fulfilling my dream. "The negotiations with Schalke were initially at a very advanced stage. But then I started thinking about it all again. "As things stand, I will leave #Schalke in summer. But in football you never know. "I've always been honest and authentic. #Schalke mean a lot to me. But I also respect other fan opinions. "I spoke at length to those closest to me about the move and eventually arrived at this decision. "I spoke to Andre Villas-Boas beforehand and I'm convinced by his ideas. "I don't play for the money, I want to play football. I've dreamed of playing in the Premier League ever since I was a little boy. "I don't know what the situation will be in a few years' time and so I'm taking the plunge now! "I only considered the offers from Schalke and Tottenham! "Schalke made me a good offer but that's not the point. Spurs are a top club and I'm making my dream come true. "I'm an emotional player. I identify with Schalke, but I'm seizing my dream! "It's a bold decision, but so far in my career these decisions have always been the right ones. "I'll carry on giving my all for Schalke until the very last minute, I won't let up. The fans need to know that. "The manager and the club were very keen to get me. It's a great place to go."