Vincent Janssen speaks of Champions League excitement following Tottenham move

The forward spoke of how he's looking forward to competing in the Champions League next season.

Vincent Janssen speaks of Champions League excitement following Tottenham move
Janssen played in the Europa League for AZ, but is yet to taste Champions League football (photo; UEFA)

Vincent Janssen has revealed his excitement to play in Europe next season, stating that Tottenham Hotspur's qualification for the Champions League was one of the main reasons that he decided to join the club.

The Dutch striker's £18million move from AZ Alkmaar was confirmed on Tuesday morning after weeks of negotiations, with Janssen rejecting interest from Paris Saint-Germain in that time, such was his desire to join up with Mauricio Pochettino's squad in North London.

Champions League nights await for Tottenham Hotspur

He's joining a young squad, the youngest in the Premier League, that ran title winners Leicester City close last season before a late drop-off saw them finish third overall, gaining automatic qualification for next season's Champions League group stages.

Speaking after signing his four-year-contract, Janssen said that it was "always a dream to play in the Champions League", and therefore he's feeling "very excited" at the prospect.

"When I was a little kid I would watch every Champions League game and get excited about it" he explained, expressing his delight that he will "now get the chance to play in it for myself".

Janssen, and his new teammates, will get a chance to test themselves against last season's Champions League finalists, Atletico Madrid, later this month, as they play Diego Simeone's side in the first of two pre-season friendlies in Australia.

Spurs will face Simeone's Atleti later this month (photo; Yahoo)
Spurs will face Simeone's Atleti later this month (photo; Yahoo)

Janssen hoping to be an instant hit at the Lane

The striker will look to become a fan favourite at Spurs as quickly as possible, with fans delighted that they've finally got their wish of another striking option to provide support for frontman Harry Kane.

When asked to describe himself in a sentence by Tottenham's official website, he labelled himself as "a strong striker, two footed and who can score goals." Music to ears, indeed.