Texts published about striker’s feelings on move from St James Park to Anfield.
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Andy Carroll broke the transfer record for a British player – then claimed he was forced out of Newcastle.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish paid £35million for him despite Toon turning down an earlier offer and saying they had tried to keep their star striker.
But Carroll arrived on Merseyside last night and took Fernando Torres’ No.9 shirt having already told Toon Talk fanzine he was told to go as Newcastle wanted the money.
In a series of texts as the clubs did the deal, he told fanzine editor Steve Wraith: “They have kind of said we don’t want u, but want me to say I wanna go. And I said I don’t wanna go.”
Asked what was going on, Carroll replied: “I don’t know mate. Gutted tho. They said they wanted the money. Gutted to be leaving my home club but I was practically told to go. Don’t want to leave. That’s why I signed five-year deal.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Andy Carroll is clearly trying to keep his old fans on his side, which is certainly understandable, but must be careful that he does not alienate his new supporters at Liverpool.
No one will truly know what went on behind the scenes at Newcastle in the lead up to his sale.
He could well have been forced out the door, or he could have felt that with the huge injection of funds taking place at Liverpool, he would have a greater chance of success at Anfield.
Liverpool signed two exciting strikers in January, and as next season they will look to push for the title, there will likely be more rebuilding in the summer.
One can hardly criticise Carroll for wanting to be a part of that, and as he secured a huge transfer fee for his club, even if he did hand in a request to leave it would be difficult to hold a long term grudge.
Newcastle fans will naturally be saddened and disappointed that Carroll has left of course, but if the money is invested well in the summer, perhaps the future is brighter on both Tyneside and Merseyside than it was a month ago.
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