Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson insists he has no regrets about his decision to reject Liverpool in favour of a move to Tottenham Hotspur, even though his two-year spell at White Hart Lane ended in disappointment.
The 25-year-old turned down the opportunity to follow former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers to Anfield in 2012, choosing instead to take on a new challenge in north London.
However, Sigurdsson's stint with Spurs ended prematurely and prompted a return to the Liberty Stadium last summer, where the Iceland international has got his career back on track under the new tutelage of Garry Monk.
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Speaking ahead of next week's Premier League encounter against the Reds, which sees Sigurdsson come face to face with his old mentor in south Wales, the playmaker reflected positively on his time with Tottenham and also paid tribute to Rodgers for the role he played in his development.
"I always say I enjoyed my time at Spurs and I improved as a player so I don't look back and think 'what if?'," he was quoted saying by the Daily Mail. "I played with some really good players and I'm in a good team now and really enjoying my football.
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"With the Brendan [Rodgers] link in the press it seemed it was more likely I'd go there but Tottenham showed a lot of interest in me and at that time they had players like Gareth Bale and things looked really good.
"Obviously there have been plenty of changes over the past two years and new faces have been brought in but I will always remember my time as a positive one."
Asked specifically about the Liverpool boss, who he has worked with on more than one occasion, Sigurdsson spoke glowingly about the Northern Irishman, who has overseen something of a renascence on Merseyside these past few months.
"He was the one who pushed me into the first team," he recalled. "I played my first games under him at Reading and he brought me to Swansea as well so I will always be grateful to him for his confidence.
"He is a great manager. His one-on-one skills are really good and he protects the players as well. He's gone through that phase when some people wanted him to leave Anfield, has come back strong and the team is playing really well.
"I will always remember what he did for me, he has played a big part in my career. I will always be thankful for that."
Had Sigurdsson opted to join Liverpool over Tottenham then the Icelandic star could well have been running out against Swansea on Monday 16 March, rather than facing the Reds at the club he's served with such distinction during two separate spells.
It was surprising that the Reading academy graduate failed to ever really establish himself at Spurs. He definitely has the technical ability to succeed at a club of that stature, and would probably have been a solid acquisition for Rodgers at Anfield as well.
However, he won't be dwelling on what might've been as he looks to help fire the Swans further up the Premier League table with three more points at home on the agenda.
Liverpool fans: Would you have liked to see Gylfi Sigurdsson sign on at Anfield? Or was it a blessing in disguise he rejected Brendan Rodgers? Share your thoughts below...
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