West Brom's Chester talks up bond with Ashley Williams ahead of rumoured Swansea interest

West Brom manager Tony Pulis as James Chester prepares to take a throw in

James Chester has admitted that being played out of position for his club has effected his international aspirations.

West Brom's James Chester and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

West Bromwich Albion defender James Chester been talking the Daily Express about a possible move to Premier League rivals Swansea City, in the hope of improving his chances of representing Wales. He explained how being played out of position at The Hawthorns almost cost him his place in the Welsh squad.

The newspaper reports that Swansea were knocked back by the Baggies after making an £8 million approach for the 27-year-old in January, and Chester spoke of the interest that surrounds him and his friendship with Ashley Williams.

"I have a great relationship with Ash both on and off the pitch and there was interest from Swansea in January," Chester said. "But I had only been at West Brom for six months and they were reluctant to sell me to another club in such a similar position in the league. I'm not sure what the stance is right now. I played a bit more in the second half of the season but only once at centre-half."

Wales' Ashley Williams during trainingChester spoke highly of his relationship with Wales teammate Ashley Williams 

The former Hull City man made just 16 appearances in all competitions for the Midlands club and only played once in his favoured centre-back position, which he claims nearly proved costly for his international hopes.

"Whenever someone was back from injury then I was usually the person who missed out," he added. "It was frustrating because I feel I'm good enough to play every week in the Premier League. It almost cost me my place in the Wales team."

West Brom's Darren Fletcher and James Chester watch the actionWest Brom's James Chester is currently with the Wales squad ahead of Euro2016

Chester spoke highly of his relationship with Williams, and this must be one of the main reasons for the attraction in a move to Swansea, but West Brom manager Tony Pulis would surely expect a bid in excess of the £8 million he paid for the defender last summer if he were to be tempted into selling.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the gameWill West Brom manager Tony Pulis be tempted into selling Chester?

The West Brom man is currently on international duty with Wales as they continue their preparations for Euro 2016.

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