Leicester City defender Wout Faes has admitted he held discussions about a move away this summer, but ultimately decided against it.
The centre-back has been speaking to Humo regarding his situation at Leicester and their relegation from the Championship last season.
The defender joined the Foxes late in the summer last year after they sold Wesley Fofana to Chelsea and was immediately thrown in to the deep end by then manager Brendan Rodgers.
He endured something of a rocky start to life at the club but eventually picked up and ended up as one of Leicester’s better performers in an otherwise disastrous campaign.
That meant there were likely suitors for him in the summer window, with several of the Foxes’ bigger name players, such as James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans, all heading for pastures new.
“There have been discussions,” he said.
“But there was also no point in choosing a club where I would sit on the bench. That would have been detrimental to my position with the national team.”
The focus for Faes and his teammates is now on securing a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
That’s a task they’re seemingly keen to accomplish, with a flying start to life under Enzo Maresca seeing them with four of their first five games and take 12 points from 15 so far.
They’re currently joint second in the Championship and just a point off leaders Preston, a position many are confident they will maintain or improve on in the coming months.
That is certainly the aim for the club and Faes admits he thinks a season of competing for a title with Leicester may end up being more beneficial than mid-table in the Premier League.
“We are playing for the title. Is it better to chase an elusive ball in the Premier League for an entire season?” he added.
“The level in the Championship is also not nothing. In England they call it the most difficult competition in the world.”