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Five questions for summer - Nacer Chadli

Posted on 16 June 2015  - 16:27

Our new series of close-season player interviews continues with Nacer Chadli.


It’s fair to say Nacer Chadli hit the ground running in 2014-15 after spending last summer playing for Belgium at the World Cup finals.

The attacking midfielder netted twice in our first home game of the campaign as we breezed past Queens Park Rangers 4-0, before adding to his tally in our 2-2 draw at Sunderland the following month.


He scored, crucially, in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on September 27 and came up with a goal of the season contender in November’s defeat at home to Stoke City.

Later in the campaign, his strike at Burnley saw us avoid an early exit from the FA Cup in the third round, while the last of his 13 goals in all competitions came in our penultimate league game as we registered a 2-0 win over Hull City.

A starter in our Capital One Cup Final clash with Chelsea and one of three players to break the 10-goal barrier in all competitions over the course of the season, Nacer believes there are a number of plus points for us to take into 2015-16...

Thoughts on the season overall?
We learned a lot. We had positives, reached the final of the League Cup and had some nice wins to remember with some last-minute goals. There are a lot of things to remember and we can take those positives into the new season. I can feel that the group is still improving and I think next season will be better.

Your personal highlight of the season?
I think it has to be the 5-3 win against Chelsea on New Year’s Day and my goal against Arsenal at the Emirates. People still talk to me about that, even Arsenal fans! Also, to reach double figures for goals scored in the Premier League was a good moment for me.

Plans for the summer?
I’ve had some games with Belgium that I’ve been focussing on first and I also have a wedding to attend in France, so we’ll see. There’s lots going on!

Thoughts on pre-season?
Once you’ve been on holiday for a few weeks you are starving for football again! You enjoy maybe two or three weeks holiday but in the fourth week you start to think about football and you want to play. That’s how I feel every summer! After a few weeks away I need to play again, so I’m always happy to return for pre-season.


Hopes for next season?
Personally, I want to do better than last season and I know I can do it. As a team, I want us to win trophies and reach the top four. That’s the target. 

Look out for ‘Five questions for summer’ with Michel Vorm on Wednesday. Plus, if you missed Monday’s article, check out Erik Lamela’s answers here...