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Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli told Swansea “no thanks”

Feb 15, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

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According to the man himself, Nacer Chadli had the opportunity to join Swansea City on Deadline Day, but turned down the opportunity.

The 24-year-old Belgian, who joined Spurs in the summer from FC Twente, has made just eight Premier League starts for Tottenham this season.

However, he ultimately chose to turn down the Welsh club in favor of an attempt to impress new manager Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane.

‘It was a possibility, but it is in the past,” Chadli told British media. “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.”

Chadli added that he was “happy” at Spurs and that he felt the need to honor his contract, which doesn’t expire until the summer of 2018.

This news isn’t completely out of left field, as the Daily Mail had a piece on the potential switch on Deadline Day.

What no doubt tempted Chadli was the chance to improve his stock for the World Cup. The winger has 18 international appearances for Belgium, but would currently be considered a fringe player for Marc Wilmots’ current group.

With Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas, Kevin de Bruyne, and Dries Mertens all likely ahead of Chadli in the pecking order out on the wing, it would do him a world of good to find more playing time as soon as possible.

However, he’s played at an average of just 31 minutes per Tottenham match, a number which he would hope will greatly improve under Sherwood. Unfortunately, since Sherwood’s appointment, Chadli has made just six appearances (2 starts) and has not played a full 90.

  1. Jenna - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    While the stats above are true, they leave out how much he’s been hurt this year and how his fitness is only just now coming back.

  2. mianfr - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Can’t really fault the guy… You don’t want to get in the cycle of being loaned out over and over again like some teams tend to do with young and promising players.

    Realistically, he was probably not going to make the Belgian team anyway unless he wanted to make the jump to, say, right back (I’m joking) anyway.

    I was really excited when he signed, but injuries and a change in scheme haven’t really helped him out much. Hopefully next season he can find himself a spot in the 11 as a left midfielder.

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