Jermaine Jenas admits he considered leaving Tottenham for first-team football, but the midfielder is now fit and ready to fight for his place.
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Having struggled to shake off a groin injury last season, the former England international found himself out of favour at White Hart Lane.
The 27-year-old was eventually forced to undergo surgery in an effort to rid himself of a niggling knock, further hindering his domestic and international endeavours.
He lost his place in the England fold as a result of his failure to hold down regular games and became little more than a fringe player at Spurs.
His struggles led to reports over the summer that he could be moved on, with Stoke believed to be among those keen to bring him on board.
In the end he saw out on the transfer window at Tottenham and has been able to force his way back into the fold this term.
Jenas is pleased to see his hard work pay off, but admits there was a time when he thought he may have to leave in order to reignite his career.
He said: "There has been constant rumours about me leaving but I just wanted to be settled and part of the Tottenham team again.
"At one time I felt I’d have to leave because all I wanted to do was play football and I wasn’t getting games here.
"But despite the offers that came in, they were not worth leaving for.
"This is the best I’ve felt since a few years ago.
"I was carrying a groin injury for at least a year – maybe because I was under a bit of pressure in my own position and I was trying to just delay, delay, delay the surgery. But I had to do it in the end.
"I was taking painkillers to try to get through it and in the end it just broke down.
"There’s Champions League football now and I’ll be fighting tooth and nail to get a regular starting place."