Spurs defender has no regrets about leaving Swansea as he eyes return to Liberty Stadium
07:45 12 December 2014
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EXCLUSIVE: Ben Davies says he has no regrets about swapping Swansea for Spurs, and he is eager to start at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday as the Lilywhites seek to overtake his former club in the table.
The left-back left the Swans for Tottenham in the summer alongside Michel Vorm, while Gylfi Sigurdsson went the other way – but there may have been times when the Wales international questioned the decision to leave his homeland.
Davies found himself behind Danny Rose in the pecking order for the first three months of the season, having to wait until November 23 to make his first league start for his new team away at Hull, because his rival was injured.
Meanwhile, Swansea have made a strong start to the season under Garry Monk and, despite a 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Sunday, they sit a point above Spurs ahead of this weekend’s clash – five points outside the top four.
However, Davies has recently started five successive games in all competitions and, having been rested for last night’s Europa League clash against Besiktas, he looks set to continue his run of Premier League games this weekend.
The 21-year-old admits he has had Sunday’s trip to Swansea circled in his calendar and is keen to face his former team-mates.
“It’s probably the one game that I’d look at in the fixture list and would love to be starting in,” said Davies. “It was a tough decision to leave Swansea, but I wanted to challenge myself at a so-called bigger club and the opportunity was there.
“As a young player, after two or three seasons at Swansea, it’s difficult to say no when that chance comes up.
“It’s a move I think I had to take and I’ve got no regrets. If I was playing [at Swansea] they might have been down there somewhere in the table anyway!
“I’m not surprised that they’ve been doing well. I knew the quality they’ve got in that squad, and we know what they’ve got there this weekend.
“I’m happy for Garry Monk, to see how well he’s doing. He’s a great man and he was a great manager for me in the short time I was with him. I’ve got no doubts he can take that Swansea team quite far.
“When I was breaking through he was always the one that you could go to and speak to, and he was always happy to give a helping hand.
“As a captain, he was one of the best I’ve worked under. As a manager now it’s a totally different thing, but he seems to be doing pretty well.”
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