Date:Thursday July 14 2011
Neil Taylor has committed his long-term future with Swansea City after signing a new 4-year contract at the club.
There has been speculation for a number of weeks now linking the 22 year-old full back with a move to Newcastle United.
Manager Brendan Rodgers says the media have blown the saga way out of proportion, as the papers suggested there was a dispute as to whether or not a clause had been activated in his current deal which allowed him to leave. There was even reports of a Premier League arbitration panel to settle the problem surrounding Taylor's future and Newcastle's attempt of signing him.
Neil Taylor has today spoken for the first time about the transfer saga, saying it's been the worst month of his life:
'This has been the hardest month of my life,''
'There has been so much written and said about me that was untrue it really hurt at times.
'The reason I haven't said anything until now is because I had an agreement with the club that nobody would speak to the media until an agreement on a new contract had been reached.
'It's dragged on longer than everyone expected because I've been on holiday; the chairman (Huw Jenkins) has been on holiday and the manager (Brendan Rodgers) has been away.
'I read somewhere a few weeks back that I had been ignoring the manager's phonecalls. Considering he was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro at the time, it's difficult to get a phone signal 19,000 feet up a mountain!
'One headline even said 'sell me or I will sue', which is a strange one considering I haven't given a quote to anyone until now.''
Taylor did admit that he spoke to Newcastle United about their interest, but said he knew his future was better spent at Swansea City:
'It was only last week that I got to speak to the manager face-to-face. I told him I wanted to stay; but why wouldn't I?
'Yes, I was flattered at Newcastle's interest and I spoke to them after Swansea gave me permission. I think most players would because they are a massive club and I was interested to see what they had to say.
'But if I was desperate to go, I would have pushed for it, but I know I've got everything going for me here at Swansea.
'I've got one of the best young managers in Europe to learn from and develop; we've got a great squad that can do well in the Premier League; a style of football that I love and the envy of a lot of clubs; plus some fantastic fans.
'I had a lot of support from the fans and the club after I was sent-off in the play-offs at Nottingham Forest, which I will never forget.
'I know some people have seen me and the agency as villains over the last few weeks, but I hope when everyone knows the full facts they will change their opinion.
'Apart from the last month, this has been the best year of my life, on and off the field, because I love the football, the area and the people.
'This is the football club where I want to be and the decision to sign a new contract was quite an easy one to make.
'It's just disappointing that everything has been blown out of all proportion. Now I just want to put everything behind me and help Swansea City and the fans be a success in the Premier League.''
Date:Thursday July 14 2011
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