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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 August 2005, 07:29 GMT 08:29 UK
Tottenham complete Davids signing
Spurs boss Martin Jol and new signing Edgar Davids
Tottenham have completed the signing of Holland international Edgar Davids on a free transfer from Inter Milan.

The 32-year-old, who has 73 Dutch caps, has passed a medical and agreed terms with the London club.

"I feel great having this opportunity to play in the Premiership - it's one of the best leagues," Davids said.

Davids dispelled doubts over his fitness, saying: "I feel great, there's nothing wrong with my fitness. I'm hoping to play as much as possible."

The vastly-experienced midfielder, who has enjoyed spells at Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona and Inter, is delighted at the opportunity to play his trade somewhere new.

"I have played in Italy for so long and in Spain so it was time for a new challenge in England. I am expecting a lot of joy in the Premiership.

Ledley King will remain club captain and team captain as long as he stays here
Martin Jol

"Tottenham is full of talent and the important thing is to enjoy yourself by winning. This is a great adventure for me and I want to enjoy it.

"It doesn't matter if you are 30 or 40 or 19 or 17 - if you can play the ball, you can play the ball.

"A place in the Champions League is quite a goal for us but we are willing to aim for that."

Jol said: "We have a terrific young squad but we lack a winning mentality which you can only get through experience.

"He has all the experience and the mentality to help us make a big step. "Everybody tells me we have the players now, but we have to prove it. We still have to play and develop ourselves.

"And away from home we have to do better and hopefully Edgar can help us.

"He's 32 and still fit and had a good season at Barcelona the season before last. I'm confident he can do the same here."

And Jol dismissed speculation he was set to hand the captaincy to the new arrival.

"Ledley King will remain club captain and team captain as long as he stays here," the Dutchman added.

Davids has played in four Champions League finals, tasting victory with Ajax in 1995 - and won the Dutch league title in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

He moved to AC Milan in 1996, before switching to Juventus in December 1997.

Seven successful years in Turin followed, with Davids helping the side to the Serie A title in 1998, 2002 and 2003 - and taking part in the 1998 and 2003 Champions League finals.

Davids joined Barcelona on loan in January 2004 as the Spanish club enjoyed a successful resurgence of form, finishing second to Valencia in the league.

But he could not agree a deal with Barca and returned to Juventus last summer, before moving to Inter on a free transfer.

However, Davids was a peripheral figure at Inter last season, rarely playing in the first team.

"Six months ago I wouldn't have dreamed of it," Jol added of his latest signing. "We kept it secret and that was a good thing. It's something to be proud of.

"He's one of the most successful players of the last decade. He has played for five of Europe's biggest clubs and he wants to play for Spurs."

Interview: Edgar Davids

Interview: Martin Jol


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