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Saha excited by Spurs switch
Published : 01 Feb 2012 17:16:55
Louis Saha declared he had joined 'the most dynamic and exciting team in the country' as he began life at Tottenham on Wednesday.
Saha trained with his new team-mates for the first time, having completed a surprise switch to Spurs in a deadline-day free transfer from Everton. The 33-year-old striker, who signed an 18-month contract at White Hart Lane, is now at his fifth Barclays Premier League club and he has no doubt in which direction title-chasing Tottenham were heading.
"I have a big challenge ahead, which is why I felt it was right to go," said Saha, who could make his debut in Monday's game at Liverpool. "I am not going to step down and I think I am joining the most dynamic and exciting team in the country at the moment."
Saha's transfer ended his three-year stay at Everton, where he scored 35 goals in 115 appearances after signing from Manchester United. The Frenchman endured an injury-ravaged time at Old Trafford and thanked the Toffees for helping him resurrect his career.
He told evertontv: "I have to say thank you to Everton and particularly David Moyes because they helped me when I really needed it and I will never forget that.
"Leaving a great club like Everton is always a bit sad, but things come to an end, and I also want to say thanks to the supporters as there have been good times and bad times but I have always felt supported and loved.
"Goodison is a special stadium and you can feel the spirit of so many great sportsmen when you go on the pitch. It has been an honour and a privilege as a football player to play there."
Saha will best be remembered for scoring after just 25 seconds of the 2009 FA Cup final against Chelsea, the fastest ever goal in a Wembley cup final. He said: "It was a great moment but, while I did not score in the semi-final, to be involved in the win over Manchester United was really special.
"The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic, it was amazing, and I keep victories in mind more than scoring a goal.
"Playing with those players, with all our spirit, was a pleasure."