Townsend sends emotional message to Newcastle fans, explains £13m Palace move

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with Andros Townsend at the end of the match

Andros Townsend has joined Premier League club Crystal Palace from Championship side Newcastle United.

England's Andros Townsend in action with Australia's Matt McKay

Andros Townsend has taken to Twitter and Instagram to explain his move from Newcastle United to Crystal Palace in the summer transfer window.

The England international winger has left Championship side Newcastle for Premier League outfit Palace.

Palace have had to pay Newcastle a transfer fee of £13 million in order to secure the services of the 24-year-old, as announced on the Eagles’ official Twitter page.

England's Danny Rose and Andros Townsend during training

Townsend joined the Magpies from North London side Tottenham Hotspur only in the January transfer window.

With Rafael Benitez’s side going down to the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, the Englishman has decided to go back to a club in the Premier League.

The winger has taken to Twitter and Instagram to explain his decision to leave Newcastle for Palace.

 

I’d like to put on record my sincerest thanks to the manager, board and fans of Newcastle United for the warmth and support they have shown me since I joined in January. Please believe me when I say that this has been an incredibly difficult decision and one I have not taken lightly. I signed for Newcastle fully aware of the task at hand and it was my absolute desire to keep the club in the Premier League. I hope the fans could see that from day one I gave everything I possibly could during the season and never once gave up on the fight for survival. That’s why it was so hard when despite those efforts we fell short. The future for Newcastle is very bright, with some great young players and an outstanding Manager who I have the utmost respect for. However, after talking at length with the Manager and Managing Director I have made the decision to leave the club based purely on footballing reasons, with my wish to remain in the Premier League. I remain humbled by the support of the fans during my time at Newcastle and wish everyone associated with the club success for the future. The fans deserve a winning team and I fully expect to see the club promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Thank You.

A photo posted by Andros Townsend (@officialtownsend) on

England's Andros Townsend in action with Australia's Brad Smith

Townsend scored four goals and create 26 chances in 13 Premier League appearances for Newcastle in the second half of the 2015-16 season.

The England international played well for the Magpies and did do his best to prevent Benitez’s side from getting relegated to the Championship.

The former Tottenham winger is too good to play in the Championship, and he should be prove to be a good signing for Palace.

Andros Townsend scores the first goal for Newcastle

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