Nathaniel Clyne insists his “intention wasn’t to hurt anyone” after being heavily criticised by his former manager Neil Warnock for snubbing a move to Cardiff.
England defender Clyne upset Bluebirds boss Warnock last week by opting to join Bournemouth on loan from Liverpool.
Warnock, who handed the right-back his professional debut at Crystal Palace in 2008, claimed he had been “promised” Clyne by the Merseyside club, before discovering on television that he had chosen Eddie Howe’s Cherries.
The 70-year-old Warnock branded Liverpool a “disgrace” and said they lacked class, while he was unhappy not to receive a phone call from the player.
“My intention wasn’t to hurt anyone. It’s down to footballing reasons,” said Clyne, as he explained his decision at a Bournemouth press conference.
“Me and Neil Warnock have a good relationship.
“I enjoyed working with him at Crystal Palace and I have a lot of respect for the man.”
Warnock appeared to have softened in his attitude to the incident when he spoke at a Cardiff press conference earlier on Friday.
He said he did not blame 27-year-old Clyne for choosing the south coast over south Wales.
Clyne followed Dominic Solanke from Anfield to the Vitality Stadium last Friday and made his Cherries debut the following day in the 3-1 FA Cup loss to Brighton.
He added: “They’ve got great quality players here, the style of play is similar to what I play with at Liverpool.
“I’m just looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get going.”
Solanke, meanwhile, must wait for his first Bournemouth appearance after arriving with a hamstring problem which will keep him sidelined for at least a couple more weeks.
The £19million striker, who won a solitary England cap in 2017, wants to play his way back into international contention and seemed unfazed by his hefty fee.
“That would be a goal of mine but I think I’ve just got to focus on getting back fit and helping the team here then in the international breaks we’ll see what happens,” he said of his England ambitions.
Speaking about his transfer fee, the 21-year-old added: “That side is a bit more of the business side. I don’t really focus too much on that, I’m just focused on playing really.”
The former Chelsea player’s last senior game came on the final day of last season when he scored in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Brighton.
Asked about his fitness, he replied: “I’m hoping a few more weeks but I’ve got to keep speaking to the medical team and see how my rehab goes.”News Now - Sport News