Southampton defender Clyne has no regrets over turning down Newcastle

The former Crystal Palace right-back says he is feeling settled in at St Mary's ahead of his club's match against the team he was close to signing for during the summer
Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has stated that he has no regrets about turning down Newcastle during the summer transfer window, and is happy at his current club.

The 21-year old was linked with other clubs after coming through Crystal Palace's youth team, including Manchester United, Everton and Ajax.

The Englishman opted to join the newly-promoted Saints and is looking to impress this weekend as he faces one of the teams that he turned down.

"I was close [to going there]," Clyne told Sky Sports News. "They are a good a side but I chose Southampton because it was closer to where I live.

"It's where I preferred to come. I didn't get a chance to speak to Alan Pardew.

"Southampton just appealed to me more. They've got good facilities here, the way they play football has been good and I was promised first-choice football.

"I thought I was going to get more game time, which I have been getting, so I am pleased. I have no regrets about coming here. I have been playing a lot of games for the club and that's what I like.

"I didn't really want to be on the bench. I just wanted to be playing, getting game time and improving as a player."