Former Liverpool star Stewart Downing has revealed that he is happy to have left Anfield, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Downing, who signed for West Ham in the summer transfer window was largely disappointing for the Reds, and has insisted that his move away was the right thing for him to do.
“I didn’t have to think about it that long, I just said: ‘OK, I will sign tomorrow.’ And that was it. Done,” said Downing.
However, the winger did not have a pressing urge to leave Liverpool, he says that he had been assured by manager Brendan Rodgers that there was "nothing" in an initial approach from West Ham.
Yet despite Rodgers' assertion that the player would not be leaving, Downing was told by the Northern Irishman that Liverpool had accepted a bid for his services. Soon after that, Downing was on his way to Upton Park to complete a £5million move.
On leaving Liverpool, Downing saidL: "He [Rodgers] said he couldn't promise I would play every week. That's understandable, but at my age  I need to play and there's a World Cup coming up so I want to give myself a chance to get into the England squad."
Although it may be ambitious for Downing to want to break back into the England squad, it is true that he was not going to get the game time that a player of his age would need to maintain form and fitness.
The 29-year-old, was quick to express his happiness at signing for West Ham, and signalled his intentions to help the club do well.
"There are good ambitions here - moving to the Olympic Stadium and with Andy signing, and with the manager wanting to keep strengthening," Downing continued.
"I was happy to make that move. It's a great club, a club on the up and finished 10th last year and we want to finish as high as we can."
Downing has enjoyed three starts in five games so far for the Hammers and will no doubt be relishing the chance to boost the results and performances of his new side.
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