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Chadli owes me a N-ace meal after Belgium call-up - Pulis; ALBION v TOTTENHAM THE HAWTHORNS, TODAY, 3PM.

By PAUL SUART Our Man with Albion paul.suart@trinitymirror.com @PAULSUARTWBA NACER Chadli owes Tony Pulis dinner after the Albion boss bet the play maker he would get him back into the Belgium squad.

Chadli, who is in line to face former club Tottenham at The Hawthorns today, was devastated after he was left out of Belgium's Euro 2016 squad over the summer.

But it did not take new manager Roberto Martinez long to pick up the phone to Chadli after three goals and two assists in his first four games for Albion.

The 27-year-old did not feature in the Red Devils' World Cup qualifying win over Bosnia last week, but was used as a second-half substitute in the 6-0 drubbing of Gibraltar. Pulis wined and dined Chadli to lure him from White Hart Lane during the summer.

And now the Belgian must return the favour to fulfil their gentleman's agreement.

"When we signed him he wasn't anywhere near the Belgium side," Pulis said.

I told him couple of would be squad and would have "I told him in the first couple of weeks he would be back in the squad and if he was he would have to buy me dinner.

Tony "So he owes me dinner. Where? I will leave it to him. I think he is more expensive than I would ever be. I just brought him up here, talked about the club and took him out to dinner and spoiled him.

"He wanted the opportunity to play and show what he could do and he needed that to get in the Belgium squad.

"He is looking at the Belgium squad and looking at the players they've got - it's a very good squad and he wants to be part of it.

in the first weeks he back in the if he was he to buy me dinner.

Pulis "To be part of it you have to be playing in the first team and doing well and that's what he's doing. He has been fantastic for us."

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino "part of his plans", but could not guarantee him regular game time with so much competition in forward areas.

Not content to warm the bench, Chadli sought a move that has paid dividends by resurrecting his international career.

And Pulis admires Chadli's aptitude, hunger and willingness to improve.

"As a player you should want to play every week because it goes so quickly," said Pulis, who represented Bristol Rovers and Bournemouth among other clubs during his 17 years as a player.

"They should think 'I'm sat here now and it's never going to come back for me'. Players sometimes don't realise that one day it's never going to come back for them."

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