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Ashley Williams hopes Ben Davies will stay at Swansea City

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

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ASHLEY Williams believes Ben Davies could shine at Spurs — but is rooting for the left-back to stay with Swansea City.

After a summer of speculation, Williams silenced the rumour mill by signing a three-year contract extension last week.

But Davies continues to be linked with a move away from South Wales.

Spurs are believed to have made a bid for the Wales international and opened talks with Swansea over a possible transfer, with former Liberty loanee Gylfi Sigurdsson thought to have been discussed as part of an exchange deal.

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But the Neath product's future remains unclear.

Davies has been a revelation since breaking into the Swansea first team when Neil Taylor suffered a serious ankle injury two years ago.

Initially the youngster was seen as a stop-gap, but he soon established himself as one of Swansea's star performers and kept his place when Taylor returned to fitness.

Williams is also a Wales team-mate of Davies, and has no doubt that the 21-year-old would excel at White Hart Lane.

But he hopes his defensive partner will stay to bolster Swansea's Premier League challenge next season.

"It is down to Ben what he wants to do," said Williams. "I have not had the chance to chat with him, but obviously I am close to Ben, we have played a lot together and get on well. I have seen him grow, we know he is a mature, sensible lad and he will do what is best for him.

"I will try to advise him, but I would not tell him to stay because I want him to stay.

"That might not be best for him. I don't know what he is thinking, I would like to have that conversation with him.

"Obviously we want our best players and I would be over the moon if he were to decide to stay. If he feels he needs to go and the club think it is right then that is how it will go.

"Tottenham are a big club, they are not a small team, and if he wants that then brilliant, and I would back him all the way."

Spurs are believed to have bid an initial £8 million for Davies as new manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to make his mark

But Swansea want more.

"He would fit in well there without doubt," added Williams.

"He has had two great years and sometimes you take his performances for granted.

"I could not imagine performing like that when I was playing at his age.

"He has his feet on the ground and the way he has handled everything has been amazing.

"If he does not go now and we don't make it to the top then he will leave at some point because he deserves to be at the top of the league. We will see how it pans out."

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  • yankytaff  |  July 08 2014, 8:26AM

    I agree Nettevaughn if Ben stays he'll get a move to an established Champions League club in a season or 2 and @21 he can afford to wait (so long as injuries don't happen) I still think £10M is way too low for Ben, we got £15m for Joe Allen and £6M for Sinclair no way is Ben worth £5M less than Allen and only £4M more than Sinclair. If Spurs get Ben for £10m the'll be selling him on for over double that in the not too distant future

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  • nettevaughan  |  July 07 2014, 10:16AM

    Stay for at least one more season Ben. Later on you will probably join Real Madrid to match up with Bale.

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