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Mar 7, 2013

Gomes expects Tottenham return

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is glad that his loan to Hoffenheim has got him playing regularly again as he looks to aid their fight against relegation, but he plans on returning to Spurs in the summer.

The Brazilian joined Bundesliga strugglers Hoffenheim on the last day of the winter transfer period, but is not interested in extending his stay in Germany.

"I am here with two of my brothers from Brazil, my family still lives in London," Gomes told kicker. "It seems that I will be back there in the summer."

Despite giving the Hoffenheim defence some much needed stability since his arrival, the former Brazil international, has not been able to stop the club's drop to 17th in the table. Hoffenheim have lost their four last league games and trail Augsburg - who sitting 16th, occupy the place for an end-of-season relegation play-off - by five points.

"This late in the season, I have never been so close to the bottom," Gomes said. "I can cope with that pressure, but I also realise how difficult this situation is for our young players. I knew it would be difficult as it is such a young team. I have never played in a team as nervous as this.

"That's why I want to help with my experience to calm everyone's nerves and at the same time push my colleagues."

At the weekend, Hoffenheim travel to bottom-of-the-league side Greuther Furth. Three points for Furth would mean even more trouble for Hoffenheim, who would then drop to the foot of the table.

"We all know: Furth is our key game," Gomes said. "It will not be enough to only play well like we did against Bayern [a 1-0 home defeat last Sunday]. No, this time we need a result. Everyone needs to prove his character."

But regardless of the difficult situation he has found at Hoffenheim, Gomes said he was happy and has enjoyed playing football again. Directly after signing the Hoffenheim contract, Gomes had been written off by German media, with various outlets running stories that included a YouTube video of his most notable mistakes. However, following some solid performances, Gomes has since shrugged off the criticism.

"That does me good," he said. "Some bad-mouthed me without having seen me during a match. Others put a ten-year-career into a short internet film. That is not fair. Of course, I took notice of it, but it tried to concentrate on my performance. The criticism gave me an extra push."

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