Andy Carroll insists he was not wanted by Newcastle United and that he was forced to submit a transfer request before joining Liverpool.
The England striker completed a record £35million transfer to Liverpool on deadline day with the fee making the 22-year-old as the most expensive British player in history.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew claimed that the club did not force Carroll out and only accepted Liverpool’s offer after the player demanded an improved contract.
Carroll, though, disputes this version and insists that he never wanted to leave his hometown club.
He told the Evening Chronicle: “…[Managing director] Derek [Llambias] asked me to hand in a transfer request, so I was pushed into a corner and had no choice.
“I wasn’t wanted by them and they made it clear they wanted the money.
“Then I flew down in (owner Mike Ashley’s) helicopter. I didn’t want to leave.
“I’m gutted that I wasn’t wanted at my home team after everything I have done and the progress I have made.
“I didn’t want to leave at all. Make sure they know I didn’t want to leave.
“The players, staff and fans were fantastic.”