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The former Crystal Palace youngster claims that he left the Lilywhites when he was 14 years old to move to a club which was closer to home due to frustrating train journeys

Nathaniel Clyne left Crystal Palace in the summer to join Premier League side Southampton but, ahead of the Saints' League clash with Tottenham, the full-back has revealed that he snubbed the north London club when he was only 14 years old.

The 21-year-old defender, who has already made seven appearances for his new side, scoring two goals, turned down White Hart Lane as Selhurst Park was closer to home.

"I signed for Spurs on schoolboy forms when I was 11 but I was from south London (Stockwell) and Tottenham's training ground was in north London (Chigwell)," Clyne told Southampton's official website.
 
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"It meant having to take two or three different trains for a journey which took about an hour and a half each way. It took a big chunk out of the day and after three years I decided to go for something a bit nearer home.
 
"Going to Palace meant I got my chance of first team football that much quicker," he added.
 
"For my money they were the best team in the Championship last season and when the chance came to join them, I jumped at it."

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