Tottenham attacker: I turned down Swansea loan move in January

Nacer Chadli has confessed that he has a chance to spend the rest of the season at the Liberty Stadium.

With Tim Sherwood taking over from Andre Villas-Boas last year, the emphasis in the January transfer window was potentially allowing fringe players to leave White Hart Lane rather than new faces arriving.

One of the Tottenham players linked with a move away from north London was Nacer Chadli, who was believed to have considered a switch elsewhere to boost his hopes of making the Belgium World Cup squad.

The former FC Twente attacker has admitted that he had the chance to move to Swansea on loan for the remainder of the season, but opted to stay with Spurs and fight for a place in the team.

"It was a possibility, but it is in the past,” Chadli told the Mirror when asked about links with Swansea.

"I had to make a decision and my decision was to stay. Everything was not clear so I wanted to stay at Tottenham and play for my club. I have signed for five years and I'm happy.

"When I came to Spurs, I knew I wasn't going to play in every game as we have 60 matches in a season.

"I came and got injured, played, got injured again and so I haven't played as much as I have wanted, but we have a big squad with a lot of good players and we have to compete with each other. I have to work hard in training and show it when I play."

Chadli scored his first Premier League goal in the 4-0 win over Newcastle in midweek, arching in a curling effort from range after coming off the bench.

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