Newly-signed Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend has revealed to The Shields Gazette the message he received from Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy following his exit from the North London outfit.
Townsend left Tottenham for Premier League rivals Newcastle earlier this week. The England international winger has revealed the warm message he received from Levy, while claiming that head coach Mauricio Pochettino did not bid him farewell.
“Unfortunately, the first team were in Barcelona when I left, so I didn’t manage to speak to them,” Townsend told The Shields Gazette when asked if he had heard from Pochettino.
“But the chairman (Levy) did call me and wish me all the best for the future, and say I would be welcome back at the club any time. That was nice of him. It did not end well, the way I left. But I know the chairman still believes in me. I leave with a heavy heart.”
Townsend came through the youth ranks at Tottenham, and one suspects that it was hard for him to leave the North London outfit. The 24-year-old is a decent player, but his career had stalled at Spurs and he needed to leave.
It was clear from last season that Tottenham head coach Pochettino did not fancy him, and it is best for all parties involved that Townsend is no longer at White Hart Lane.
The Englishman will hope to hit the ground running at Newcastle and help Steve McClaren’s side stave off relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season.