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Nathaniel Clyne responds to Neil Warnock jibe: 'It was not my intention to hurt anyone'

Nathaniel Clyne made his Bournemouth debut last week
Image: Nathaniel Clyne made his Bournemouth debut last week

Bournemouth's new loan signing Nathaniel Clyne insists it was not his intention to hurt anyone after Neil Warnock accused him of reneging on a promise to join Cardiff City.

Warnock, who gave Clyne his professional debut at Crystal Palace, said he was disappointed both with Liverpool and the full-back for not informing him that he had chosen to go elsewhere.

Warnock revealed that he found out Clyne had joined Bournemouth for the rest of the season by watching Sky Sports News, and then slammed the actions of Clyne and Liverpool as "a disgrace".

But, at his first press conference since arriving on the south coast, Clyne said: "My intention was not to hurt anyone in any way.

"It was just down to footballing reasons. Me and Neil Warnock have a good relationship and I enjoyed working for him when I was at Crystal Palace. I have a lot of respect for the man.

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"If you look at the club [Bournemouth], it is a good club and is on the up. They have great quality players here. The style of play is similar to what I played at Liverpool, so I am just looking forward to the challenge and I can't wait to get going."

Clyne has struggled for game time at Liverpool of late following a back injury, so decided a loan move to the south coast was his best option for more regular first-team games.

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The England international admits his confidence suffered a blow being out injured for so long, as Liverpool have gone from strength to strength without him and emerged as genuine title contenders this season.

Nathaniel Clyne has joined Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season
Image: Full-back Clyne had slipped down the pecking order at Liverpool

He said: "It took a little bit of a dip. Being out for so long and coming back into the team and lacking a bit of pace and sharpness. It took me quite a while to get my foot back into the frame."

Clyne says he is now back to full fitness and he made his Bournemouth debut in the FA Cup third-round defeat to Brighton last weekend, after which Cherries boss Eddie Howe praised his performance.

He is now hoping to play his first Premier League match for the club against Everton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

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