North East UK news Matt Targett has no ill feeling towards Steven Gerrard despite Aston Villa exit PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The former Southampton left-back was allowed to leave the second city and join Newcastle United in January but has no regrets
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Matt Targett has admitted he hasn't spoken with Steven Gerrard since leaving Aston Villa last January - but insists he holds no grudge with the former England star. The left-back signed for an initial loan deal before completing a permanent £15million deal and Newcastle wanted to sign Targett after just a handful of games with only personal terms left to be thrashed out over the summer holidays. But Targett finally signed a four-year deal with the Magpies on June 8 and is now eager to show Villa what they are missing. The final straw for Targett was the moment that Gerrard signed Lucas Digne from Everton named in his place in the starting line-up, just months after the former Southampton man had been named player's player of the season at Villa Park for 2020/21. When asked if this had left a frosty relationship behind with Gerrard, Targett said: "There was no conversation with Gerrard when I left. READ MORE: Shearer's verdict on Barnes, Maddison, Newcastle transfers and season ambitions "When I joined on loan he wished me good luck and we had honest chats during that January period. I wish him all the best and I left on good terms, I just wish him all the best for the future." Targett seemed to be on a mission to show his quality the moment he signed for Newcastle and in just 16 matches for the club, he had the supporters on the Gallowgate End pleading with him to stay. The 26-year-old is now established as the club's first choice left-back ahead of Paul Dummett and it will be Targett that starts the new season. He reflected on the moment he knew his number was up at Villa Park after three happy years. Targett said: "It is always difficult when they buy a left-back in January and put him straight in.
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. "When you are at my age you don't just settle to be on the bench and I'm not that type of player. It was right for me to move on, I enjoyed my time at Villa and open a new chapter in my career." Agreeing personal terms was the final piece of the jigsaw for Newcastle and Targett but perhaps the deal was sealed when the left-back was serenaded by the Gallowgate End during the final home game of the season against Arsenal in a superb 2-0 win when the Eastleigh-born player had his name chanted for long periods. The player knows he will get approached for selfies and autographs when he is out and about in the city or leaving the training ground. Targett admitted it was different to previous stops in his career such as Southampton, Fulham and Villa. When asked if it was like anywhere he'd ever lived during his football career before, the left-back said: "No it's not, this is a really intense city, they do really love the players. "They get behind the team and I can't speak highly enough of them. The atmospheres are great and the flags around the stadium when we walk on to the pitch. They built a brilliant environment for us at the end of last season." READ NEXT Fans optimistic about new season ahead Newcastle boss Eddie Howe sends Callum Wilson warning to Premier League after impressive pre-season Newcastle 2-1 Athletic Bilbao player ratings as Wilson impresses amid Dubravka and Ritchie reminder Newcastle 2-1 Athletic Bilbao as Allan Saint-Maximin goal ensures final pre-season victory Newcastle United chiefs working overtime on transfers as Leicester demand £60m for James Maddison
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