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."