Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson does not hold grudge against Spurs, says Swansea boss Garry Monk

Swansea players Gylfi Sigurdsson (l) and Jefferson Montero celebrate
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Swansea manager Garry Monk says midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson will not be holding a grudge when he comes up against former club Tottenham at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Sigurdsson, 25, spent two years at White Hart Lane before returning to Swansea in the summer and Monk says the Iceland international has come back to Wales as a much better player.

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Monk said: "When I knew I had the chance to get Gylfi, and it was very likely, then I pushed for it. It was for the reason that he has contributed (this season), and I know that he can be effective.

"He still has to work on his game to get even better, but what he has contributed has been fantastic for the team.

"In terms of himself and Tottenham - I don't think there are any grudges towards them, speaking to him about his time there he had a fantastic time and he really loved the club. 

"Yes he wanted to play more than he did, but he came back a better player and developed at Tottenham as a player.

"I think of course there will be motivation to maybe prove people wrong. That is always the way if you are let go from a club you want to go there and show them what you can do and hopefully we see that from Gylfi at the weekend." 

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Monk says the club will comply with any Spanish match-fixing investigation which could involve their Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero.

Montero, a summer signing from Morelia, was on loan at Spanish club Levante three years ago and their 2-1 defeat to Real Zaragoza on the final day of the 2010-11 Primera Division season is currently facing scrutiny from Spanish prosecutors.

The Swansea winger could be interviewed as a witness as one of the players who played in that match.

"The club's not had any contacts from any authorities whatsoever and I'm not sure how much truth is in that (story)," Monk said.

"But if it is and the right authorities get in touch with us then we'll deal with that when it comes.

"At this moment in time have had no contact and it's not alarming because I'm not sure of the details.

"With a situation like that it's not necessarily them (the players) involved. I've seen it before where they might want to speak to the whole team involved in a game - players, staff, management - at that time whatever it is."

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