New Bournemouth defender Nathaniel Clyne has revealed he turned down a move to Cardiff City to sign for the club due to the influence of manager Eddie Howe.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock criticized the former Southampton right-back and his parent club, Liverpool, for leading him to believe that the player would be joining the Bluebirds, only to find out via television that he was heading to the South Coast club.
“They have a great manager and that’s what urged me to come here,” said Clyne said, as quoted by the Telegraph.
“I have looked a lot at how Bournemouth play and it is similar to my style.”
“I got the call and my agent said: ‘Get packed, you’re ready to go.’ It was a nice five-hour drive down here. I have gone a whole season and a half without really playing consistent football, which is unusual for me.”
“Knowing you are fit and you can go out there and play, but constantly not getting selected for the team is a bit disappointing. I would rather go out and find another club which would give me the opportunities to play games.”
Howe also spoke about the addition of Dominic Solanke from Liverpool for a fee of £19million saying:
“Investing in youth and younger players has been a transfer policy that we’ve kept and will try and maintain. To do that obviously you need finances, coveted young players aren’t cheap.”
Speaking about Clyne’s debut against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup, Howe said:
“Defensively he was excellent and when he understands how the team plays he’ll get better. I’ve hardly seen him to be honest. He literally reported for the game and played. You wouldn’t have known it was his first game today. We had no doubts over him.”