New Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has said that he was lucky to leave Swansea City for a massive club and has claimed the Welsh outfit will rue selling him, the Mirror reports.
The former Liverpool man lost his way somewhat at Swansea, but following his departure for Newcastle he scoffed at suggestions that he had a bad attitude and has insisted his former club will rue selling him.
“It is good to be here and I am excited. I have been welcomed with open arms. It is a passionate city and I will fit in here the way I play,” Shelvey told the Mirror. “I want game time. I was told I didn’t suit the style of Swansea’s play by the manager.
"I never once asked to leave. I wasn’t going to play, wasn’t getting my chance and I needed a new challenge. I was lucky a massive club showed interest in me. It is going to be Swansea’s loss in the end.”
Shelvey found himself on the peripheries of the Swansea first team following Gary Monk’s sacking, and new boss Alan Curtis was seemingly happy enough for him to leave the club this month.
The England international incidentally started the season in fine form for the Swans, creating more chances than any other midfielder in the league after the first four matches.
However, the club’s sudden loss of form prompted a number of changes, first with Monk’s sacking and then an alteration to the starting eleven with Shelvey falling out of favour.
He will have plenty to offer Newcastle, including some much-needed bite in the middle of the park.