Shorey happy with Pompey snub
Aston Villa full-back Nicky Shorey insists he is happy with his decision to turn down a move to Portsmouth.
Last Updated: 18/09/09 8:24am
Aston Villa full-back Nicky Shorey insists he is happy with his decision to turn down a loan move to Portsmouth.
Shorey had been lined up for a season-long switch to Fratton Park on transfer deadline day, but opted against joining the Premier League's bottom club.
The defender was offered the chance to join Pompey after Villa boss Martin O'Neill added Stephen Warnock to his squad, shunting Shorey on to the bench.
However, Shorey does not regret rejecting Portsmouth and admits a move to the South Coast did not feel 'right'.
"The interest from Portsmouth came really late in the window," Shorey told The News ahead of Villa's game with Pompey on Saturday.
"I didn't have a lot of time to think about it and I decided it wasn't the right thing for me to do.
"I'd come off the back of a few good wins and I was in the team playing well, I thought. I made that decision and I'm happy with it.
"Portsmouth can say what they want. At the end of the day I didn't feel it was the right move for me and that's the bottom line.
"I have no hard feelings, they are nice people down there and I wish them all the best, but I'm a Villa player."