Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen says he has no regrets over leaving Liverpool this summer and is “excited” about his footballing future.
The Welsh midfielder, who starred at Euro 2016 for his country, left Anfield to join Stoke for £13million shortly after he had arrived back from international duty.
Allen spent four years with the Reds but says he didn’t struggle to make a decision over whether to move or not.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to move and I’m not looking back with any regrets,” he told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday. “I’m excited about the future in my career. At 26, the best years are still in front of me and naturally I’m looking forward to them.
“I look back and I’ve got fond memories, it was a huge privilege to play for a club like Liverpool but the timing was right for me to move on.
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“I was hoping this opportunity [to join Stoke] would come up in the summer, and thankfully it’s all worked out well. I’m looking forward to the new chapter in my career.”
Competition for places in Liverpool’s midfield was intense last season but Allen had still hoped his playing style would be enough to convince Jurgen Klopp that he fitted into his plans.
“When a new manager comes in, you’re hoping you can impress and get in the team,” he said. “I thought that his style would suit me, but it wasn’t quite to be. In all fairness, the competition in midfield was tough all season so there’s not too many complaints on my part.
“I don’t want to be sat twiddling my thumbs on the bench, and I wanted to make sure if I could change it I would.”