Gylfi Sigurdsson has insisted he never wanted to leave Tottenham despite rumours claiming the midfielder would consider leaving White Hart lane as a host of fellow midfielders were signing in the summer.
Spurs purchased four midfielders over the course of the summer transfer window, leaving Sigurdsson looking likely to exit the club as Andre Villas-Boas continued to overhaul the squad.
But the Iceland international has so far impressed when handed the opportunity and on the back of scoring a brace in Tottenham's 2-0 win over Norwich he insists that he was never planning on leaving north London.
"I wasn't close to leaving," Sigurdsson said, according to ESPN. "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."
So far Sigurdsson is indeed making the most of the challenge and his goals at the weekend were a sign of that.
The 24 year old has also given an insight into how the dressing room has settled in with seven new faces coming into the fold, with Sigurdsson admitting that while at the beginning some of the players were shy the squad members have now found common ground.
"The first game when everyone was in was a bit quiet but we're back to normal now," he explained. "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."
Tottenham are currently third in the Premier League table and have collected nine points from their first four matches. With the side attempting to play as a unit with so many new players it's certainly been a positive start for Villas-Boas.