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.
"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."