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Ryan Nelsen says he has joined Tottenham to win trophies, after completing his move from Blackburn.

Spurs announced the deal on Thursday morning, after receiving international clearance to sign the New Zealand captain.

And Nelsen said: ‘Medals, trophies are things you strive for. Blackburn got to five semis and never made a final, so it’s very exciting,’ Nelsen said.

The defender admitted it will feel strange to be at a new club, having played for Rovers since 2005.

‘Yeah, it’s different,’ said Nelsen. ‘(It) feels like you’re going back to the first day of school, so yeah, everyone will be looking at you and judging you so I better clean my boots and comb my hair… it’ll be fun.’

Despite being signed as a replacement for Sebastien Bassong, who joined Wolves on loan, Nelsen faces a battle for a first-team place at Tottenham.

Ledley King, Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson are all established at Spurs, while William Gallas is currently on the treatment table.

Nelsen is relishing the challenge however, saying: ‘I kind of like when the odds are stacked against you, so we’ll see. We’ll get out there and give it everything.’

‘We’re just awaiting clearance. It’s for six months, with a one-year option. It all unfolded quickly.’

Tottenham watched Nelsen in a reserve game against Huddersfield on Tuesday prior to Rovers cancelling his contract.

He has only played one first-team game this year, but assistant manager Kevin Bond revealed that the veteran will be in the Tottenham squad for Monday’s Barclays Premier League game at Liverpool.

‘He is fit and eligible to play on Monday,’ Bond said. ‘I’ve just had a cup of tea with him in the canteen. He is looking forward to the challenge.’

Nelsen was in the final year of his Rovers deal and had had made just one appearance since April following a knee injury.

His move to Tottenham is something of a surprise considering that injury and his age, as was their late swoop for Everton striker Louis Saha just before the January transfer window shut.

A number of fans have been left underwhelmed at the arrival of the ageing duo, particularly given that they were strongly linked with the likes of Loic Remy, Christopher Samba and Junior Hoilett at the start of 2012.

Bond cast aside those worries, however, insisting that Saha and Nelsen’s experience will prove vital to the squad as they start a nervy run-in searching for their first title since 1961.

‘I think that experience and that know-how of having been there before is important,’ he said.

‘They are the right characters. Having those type of characters in the dressing room and the training ground will be really important for us.

‘The type of people they are, I think they can make an important difference.’

Bond has been impressed with how Saha has adapted to life at Spurs since his deadline day move on Tuesday.

‘I wasn’t in yesterday, but from what I am told, Louis Saha trained well,’ the Tottenham assistant added.

Source: DailyMail

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