Spurs’ winger Chadli decides against loan switch.
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 16, 2014
Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli has decided to stay at White Hart Lane, according to his agent.
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On Wednesday, Chadli’s representative Daniel Evrard said the £7m summer signing from FC Twente wanted to leave Spurs on loan to boost his chances of featuring in next summer’s World Cup for Belgium.
“His situation is not easy at Tottenham at the moment. The World Cup is arriving so it’s a problem,” Evrard told The Evening Standard.
“For him to play at the World Cup it’s important so why not a loan? We haven’t spoken to Tottenham yet but I know there are clubs interested in him. There are a lot of players in the same situation who are not in the team and they want to play in the World Cup so there is a market for a lot of clubs. It’s important for him not to take any risks by going to a country he doesn’t know well.”
But in a rapid u-turn, Evrard now says Chadli has decided to stay in North London, reports respected Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur.
Several players in Belgium’s squad, including Kevin De Bruyne, have been agitating for transfers this month after head-coach Marc Wilmots reportedly told his stars to find first team football or risk losing their seat on the plane to Brazil.
Chadli, 25, has made 9 starts since arriving at Spurs, mainly from the left wing. Evrard says the powerful playmaker would rather play through the middle and Spurs head-coach Tim Sherwood has hinted he could play Chadli centrally once Jermain Defoe leaves for Toronto FC on 28 February.