Jonathan Woodgate believes his club Tottenham’s current position in the Premier League does not reflect their true quality.
Speaking after completing his £8m move to White Hart Lane, the 28-year-old England defender suggested that Spurs had the potential to challenge for honours at home and in Europe.
He told Spurs’ website: “I think it’s a false position in the league, with the quality we’ve got. I hope we can climb up the league and get as high as we can.
“The group of players we’ve got here is exceptional – young players, and experience as well.
“They’ve got a great future. Obviously they are in Europe and in the (Carling) Cup – and the manager is excellent. He’s won things with Sevilla, and a lot of the players are fantastic as well.’
Woodgate was the subject of several enquiries from a number of clubs but opted for Tottenham when he learned of their interest.
“There was an offer in this transfer window,” he recalled. “When I knew it was Spurs – it’s a good club and it’s going forward with the new manager as well and they have got a lot of exciting players.
“I’m delighted to come. I’ve been given the chance to speak to the club. It’s what I wanted to do from the start really.”
Boro manager Gareth Southgate agreed to sell Woodgate because he sensed the player no longer wanted to stay at the club.
Southgate told Boro’s website: “You’re looking for everyone at your club to want to be here and be part of it.
“We wanted to give Jonathan the opportunity to speak to other clubs – because when clubs call you about a player it usually means the player knows about it anyway.
“We were then asking a question of Jonathan – do you want to be here and be part of what we want to do or do you want to head off?
“It seems he wanted to head off.”