For the past year, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has been heavily linked with a departure from Tottenham Hotspur.

For a long time, there was insistence from the Italian media that Serie A clubs would work on signing him this summer. Then it was time for the Turkish press to jump in, reporting an Istanbul battle between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray for the midfielder.

It turns out that Højbjerg now shares some affection for a different place, and that’s Germany. As the Tottenham player was interviewed by Jyllands-Posten, he talked about his early days in the country, and how happy he was there.

“I’m glad my career started in Germany. They’re relatively compact and that suited me really well. I needed structure and discipline. I took that with me. It was tough, of course. But it was good.

“The Germans have a special football fever that we have in Denmark. It’s really cool. For me, Germany is a fantastic football country.”

Højbjerg left Denmark to move to Bayern Munich’s academy back in 2012. He ended up staying four years in Germany, until moving to England in 2016.

In his time in Bundesliga, he played for Bayern Munich, Augsburg and Schalke 04. He basically spent the whole interview talking about how happy he was there in his early days, perhaps hinting he’d feel the same way about a Germany return.

With so many rumours about a departure from Tottenham, we’d be curious to see what happens if a German offer shows up.