English Premiership

Chadli: I almost left Spurs

2014-10-09 10:54
Nacer Chadli (Supplied)

Cape Town - Nacer Chadli has revealed that he had offers to leave Tottenham following a tumultuous debut season, but opted to stay and fight for his place.

The Belgium international joined the club in July last year, but endured a difficult campaign and made just 15 starts in the Premier League as Spurs battled to a underwhelming sixth-place finish.

The 25-year-old has made a flying start to the new season, scoring four goals in six league games under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.

And Chadli says he could easily have left White Hart Lane during the off-season, but chose to stay put and prove his worth in England.

"There were some interesting offers this summer, but I wanted to stay at Spurs. I wanted to fight for my place because I know I have a lot of beautiful things to show," the winger told reporters.

"I'm a warrior. Someone who wants to fight for his chance. In the beginning it wasn't easy for me. I was one of the players Pochettino hadn't invited for an individual meeting. So I didn't really know what to expect.

"But I've reacted by working hard during the week. I grabbed my chance during a Europa League game in Cyprus, where I came in 20 minutes before the end of the game.

"The next game, against QPR, I scored twice and since then I'd always play."


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