By Dominic Toner
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Nacer Chadli pursued a move away from White Hart Lane in May.
Chadli, 27, completed a move to West Brom in the summer transfer window and has hit the ground running at his new club.
The Belgian midfielder has scored three goals in his first four games for the Baggies and is becoming an instant hit.
He ended his three-year stay at Spurs in the summer as he fell down the pecking order in a competitive squad.
Pochettino has explained that Chadli asked to leave Spurs at the end of last season as he pursued regular first-team football.
“It was all clear with him,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “He asked me before the end of last season if he had the facility to go and play more for another team.
“I said to him ‘you are in my plans but if you want to leave and it’s the right club and the right price then ok, it’s not a problem.’ In the end he chose to go to West Bromwich,”
Chadli did make 40 appearances for Spurs in his final season with the club, but was used as a substitute in 21 of those matches.
Pochettino favoured a midfield three of Erik Lamela, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen last season as they competed for the Premier League title.
Spurs have started the new campaign in great form and are the only side in the division who remain unbeaten.
The north London club travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday for their latest league match and will likely line up against their former player.
Chadli made 119 appearances for Spurs and scored 25 goals in all competitions during his stay, but will now be focused on causing an upset on Saturday.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they are lining up a swoop for a 24-year-old with the deal likely to be a loan-to-buy one.