Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson claims he doesn't regret his move to Tottenham in 2012.
Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has told FourFourTwo that he doesn't regret joining Tottenham Hotspur back in 2012.
The Icelandic international helped his nation qualify for the 2016 European Championships in France earlier this season, whilst he has been going steadily with Swansea, scoring against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 defeat for the Swans.
Now, ahead of this weekend's trip to face League Two side Oxford United in the FA Cup, Sigurdsson has looked back on his time with his previous club, Tottenham.
Sigurdsson, 26, had initially joined Swansea on loan from Hoffenheim back in January 2012, and after seven goals in 19 games under his former Reading boss Brendan Rodgers, there was plenty of interest in his signature that summer.
The playmaker chose Tottenham rather than another reunion with Rodgers at Liverpool, but he was often used either out wide or not at all, before Mauricio Pochettino let him go back to Swansea in 2014.
With 13 goals in 85 games for Spurs, Sigurdsson didn't quite reach his full potential at White Hart Lane, but has told FourFourTwo that he doesn't regret the decision to join Andre Villas-Boas almost four years ago.
He claims that he enjoyed playing alongside the likes of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, but wanted to play regularly, and in his favoured No. 10 position - as he is at Swansea.
"I think you can always be clever after making decisions, but at that time I really wanted to go toTottenham," said Sigurdsson. "I played with a lot of great players like [Rafael] Van der Vaart or [Luka] Modric and the club was bigger in terms of training ground and stadium. Also living in London made a big part of my decision. So I do not regret it and I really enjoyed my time at Tottenham. I improved a lot there by playing with big players."
“I played a lot of games [for Spurs], probably not in my favourite position. I want to play more through the middle. I am not the best in getting past the quick defenders on the wings, I would like to be more central, making passes and being involved in the play of the team. I would have liked playing more games in the middle. This is why I had to go to Swansea. I didn't want to stay on the bench for another year," he added.
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