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The 26-year-old insists he left the club after the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy put his first-team place at St James' Park under threat, rather than for financial gain

New QPR signing Danny Simpson has dismissed suggestions he rejected a new contract with former club Newcastle in search of more money.

The 26-year-old was criticised by large sections of the Magpies faithful who believed the right-back had held the club to ransom over a new deal, but Simpson has denied claims that money was the motivating factor behind his exit.

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“There weren’t any arguments," he told reporters. "It’s football – these things happen.

“The fans need to know I wasn’t being greedy.

“It was just one of those things. I think the club wanted to go in a different direction. I knew that even when they offered the contract.”

Simpson felt his first-team opportunities would be limited after the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy from Lille in January and saw a move to QPR as an ideal chance to play regular football.

“I knew someone was going to come in. Mathieu came in and I didn’t want to be sat on the bench,” Simpson continued.

“I’m 26 and I want to keep playing football. I’m not one of those players who’s happy to sit on the bench and take the money.

“I want to play football. I buzz off playing every Saturday. Sometimes both parties need to move on. I just want to say thank you to everyone and move on.”

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