Last season, the Tottenham Hotspur academy product joined Sampdoria on a season-long loan after he fell down the pecking order under former Spurs boss Antonio Conte.


This summer, Winks decided to join Leicester City, who are determined to get straight back up in the Premier League after last season’s relegation, by ending his ties with his boyhood club.




Winks insisted that his decision to go out on loan to Sampdoria was not because of a fallout with Tottenham and he added that he joined the Italian side as he wanted to have regular first-team minutes and get his love for football back.


The former Spurs star also added that he made the decision to leave Spurs because he wanted to challenge himself and have a purpose to fight for.



“I made the decision [to go to Sampdoria]”, Winks said on Leicester’s The Place podcast.


“It wasn’t a fall-out with the club.



“I wanted to play games and feel that love again for football and feel respected on the pitch.


“It was a difficult year, but a great year.


“ I loved it. It’s the same with this year, I wanted to leave because I wanted to feel something, have a purpose.


“I wanted a challenge and to fight for something.”


Winks made 203 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, scoring five times in the process, and now he is determined to get Leicester back in the Premier League.