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Tottenham Hotspur's Gylfi Sigurdsson admits he would have signed for Swansea City had Brendan Rodgers stayed

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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GYLFI Sigurdsson has revealed he would have signed for Swansea City instead of Tottenham had Brendan Rodgers stayed at the Liberty Stadium.

The Icelandic midfielder had agreed terms with the Swans for a club-record £6.8 million move from Hoffenheim in May, but the transfer collapsed when Rodgers left to take charge of Liverpool.

Sigurdsson scored seven Premier League goals for Swansea after joining on loan from Hoffenheim in January, helping the club to an 11th-place finish in the top flight.

He was ready to sign a permanent deal at the end of the campaign but the 23-year-old felt he could not commit his future to the Swans without Rodgers, who he had worked with at Reading earlier in his career.

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"If Brendan had stayed, I would have stayed at Swansea. It was my number one choice," said Sigurdsson, whose Tottenham side host Swansea on Sunday.

"I really enjoyed playing for Swansea, I loved my time there.

"But Brendan leaving changed the situation because I really didn't know what was going to happen.

"Then Tottenham came in for me and, when a club with a squad and tradition like that came in, it was really difficult to turn down."

The failure to land Sigurdsson was a second devastating blow within a matter of weeks for Swansea, who were still reeling from Rodgers's move to Anfield.

Sigurdsson was initially eager to stay with the Swans but, having experienced European football for the first time with Tottenham this season, he feels his decision to move to North London has been vindicated.

"It was really difficult. When Brendan left I didn't know what was going to happen," added Sigurdsson, who has made 21 appearances so far this term.

"Tottenham are such a big club with a great history, and I had to take my time with the decision.

"It was a difficult decision to make but I'm at Tottenham now and I'm very happy."

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  • Hadoken6842  |  December 16 2012, 3:24PM

    Unlucky flick by ben davies, it happens, had that not happened, I think a draw would have been more than possible. Frustrating the amount of silly balls we gave away though, but at least with michu up front we are stronger in defense and have chances, which we missed today.

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  • Hadoken6842  |  December 16 2012, 12:19PM

    Sorry, so he would rather stay under the management of a failed footy player instead of being under a football legend who played the same position of him at Barcelona and Madrid. He went for the money and the bigger club, and that is fine, but the number of goals he has scored this year and the fact that he is being subbed a lot shows he is not the player he was at spurs. Regardless, I will always think well of him for his contributions here. I say it time and time again, no matter how good a player you are, without the right club you will not be a good player.

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  • waunarlwydd  |  December 14 2012, 2:47PM

    Sorry but he's history now. Another one chasing rainbows.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  December 14 2012, 2:28PM

    Yeah, right.

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  • Hadoken666645  |  December 14 2012, 1:35PM

    Him and caulker were great for us, but I think everyone would agree Michu at 2 million was a better deal. I can understand his reasoning, turning down spurs would have been hard at the best of times, what with BR dropping us in it, I cant blame him at all. Though he has been subbed a bit. Would love him and caulker to have stayed, but I think it was never going to happen, he was our star man really based on the limited time he was here. Will be an interesting game, I hope we pull our socks up and play michu up front.

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  • brochadav  |  December 14 2012, 10:12AM

    No hard feelings. Besides, it probably all worked out for the best. If Siggy was still here, would we have signed Michu?

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  • morton1947  |  December 14 2012, 8:04AM

    Would have been great if he had stayed and enhanced our midfield no end as he could not only score goals but was great with the dead ball situation. Hopefully he will enjoy meeting the players on Sunday that he played with but will be sporting a frown once we come away with the points . .good luck Gylfi but not too much on Sunday if you play.

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  • CroJack  |  December 14 2012, 7:40AM

    Good luck to you Gylfi. Tottenham is a great club, with a great squad, playing great football.

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