Harry Winks has revealed that Tottenham wanted to keep him at the club during the summer but he was keen for a new challenge.

Winks’ loan move to Sampdoria has not gone according to plan, with an ankle injury putting the midfielder out of action for the entire campaign so far.

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The 26-year-old eventually decided to have surgery last month to fix the issue and was initially expected to be out of action for a couple of months (TuttoMercatoWeb).

However, the midfielder’s recovery seems to be well ahead of schedule, with Club Doria 46 reporting last week that he has started training separately from his teammates.

The publication claimed that things are looking positive for the on-loan Tottenham man, who has not had any pain or adverse reactions to his sessions so far.

The midfielder has now expressed his intention to repay Sampdoria for the faith they showed in him and spoke about the circumstances of his summer move.

Winks told Il Secolo XI: “I’m staying at Sampdoria. And I’ll repay (their trust). Tottenham would have kept me. But I felt I needed a new challenge, a breath of fresh air. 

“And I liked trying the experience of another league. I liked the Italian one a lot. (Technical director) Mattia Baldini made me realise how strongly Sampdoria wanted me. 

“Feeling wanted made all the difference. Then I started to find out more about Sampdoria; its history, its incredible fans.

“I watched the games on TV in August and I had no doubts. All that is missing is for this story to come full circle, and for me to take the field.”

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These sorts of injuries, where there is no clarity on the return date and the nature of the problem, would be especially frustrating for players. It sounds like the surgery has had the desired effect. Winks will be hopeful that the problem does not recur again so that he can get some minutes under his belt over the coming months.

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