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Sigurdsson never considered Spurs exit

Andre Villas-Boas and Gylfi Sigurdsson spoke ahead of Tottenham's Europa League Group game with Tromso

Gylfi Sigurdsson has denied he contemplated leaving Tottenham in the summer, despite the growing competition he faces for a place in Andre Villas-Boas' midfield.

The signings of Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen presented the biggest threats to Sigurdsson's spot at Spurs but the 24-year-old has quickly proved his worth with two goals in his three games.

Sunderland were reportedly keen to sign Sigurdsson during the transfer window, but the Iceland international swiftly played down concerns he is unhappy at White Hart Lane. 

"I wasn't close to leaving," Sigurdsson said. "I came here was to play for a big club. When I joined I knew there would be loads of players and competition.

"You can either be unhappy and leave or look at it as a challenge. Hopefully you'll improve and fight for your place as you know if you do the right thing every day things fall your way and I'm hoping that will happen."

With a significant number of new additions over the summer, Sigurdsson admits Tottenham have required more of a transition period than in previous seasons but is happy with his side's progress.

"The first game when everyone was in was a bit quiet but we're back to normal now," Sigurdsson said. "Everyone knows each other and it's a good and positive dressing room. There are quite a few jokers. We are all of a similar age which helps with the players coming in. It makes them feel welcome and part of the group"


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