Icelandic midfielder happy to fight for place at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson says he never came close to leaving the club this summer, despite some speculation that he wouldn’t be in the plans of Andre Villas-Boas this season, Sky Sports reports.
The 24-year-old looked likely to fall down the pecking order at White Hart Lane this season with the arrivals of some new faces in a variety of midfield positions, with the likes of Paulinho, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela all providing extra competition for the Iceland international.
Although Sigurdsson joined Spurs on the back of a highly impressive loan spell with Swansea City, he never truly found his best form for the north London side last season, making him look like an obvious candidate to be dropped from the team this year.
However, he has managed to keep his place so far, and fired both goals in a 2-0 win over Norwich City last weekend, showing he can still provide plenty of quality to this new-look side.
Liverpool and Sunderland are among the teams said to have been interested in him, but he insists he never considered leaving, and was keen to take on the challenge of fighting for his place.
“I wasn’t close to leaving,” Sigurdsson said.
“I came here to play for a big club. When I joined, I knew there would be loads of players and competition.
“You can either be unhappy and leave, or look at it as a challenge.
“Hopefully you’ll improve and fight for your place as you know if you do the right thing every day, things fall your way and I’m hoping that will happen.”