Jenas considered quitting Spurs

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.”