Andros Townsend is quoted by The Sun as saying that it was 'emotional and sad' to leave Tottenham Hotspur for Newcastle United on Wednesday - and Spurs legend Graham Roberts thanked him for his service to the club.
Townsend, 24, came up through the ranks with his boyhood club Tottenham, but has played just 64 minutes of Premier League action under Mauricio Pochettino, and finally decided it was time to leave White Hart Lane in search of regular first-team football.
The England international winger joined Newcastle United on Wednesday evening, penning a five-and-a-half year deal on Tyneside.
As a lifelong Tottenham fan who has spent his whole career with the club, Townsend is understandably emotional about his departure, as quoted by The Sun.
Townsend admitted that it was sad to leave the club closest to his heart, and had planned to spent most of his career with Spurs - but is now looking forward to building a career with Newcastle United as they battle against relegation.
"It was emotional and sad to leave a club I have been at for the majority of my life," said Townsend. "Growing up a Spurs fan and being at the club since the age of eight, I obviously planned to spend most of my career at Spurs. So of course it was disappointing. I would have liked a better exit. But now I just have to move forward and try to build a career here," he added.
After the move was confirmed, Spurs legend Graham Roberts took to Twitter in order to wish Townsend luck, noting that he gave Spurs great service as a lifelong supporter of the club - and most Tottenham fans will be hoping to see him do well at St. James' Park.
Wishing @andros_townsend and his family good luck at Newcastle a really nice guy and big Spurs fan thanks for the service Andros— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) January 27, 2016
Do you think Townsend will ever get the chance to finish career with Spurs?