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Clyne happy to have rejected United

Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne has revealed that he turned down a move to Manchester United in the summer - because he thought joining the Saints would be better for his career.

Clyne was out of contract with boyhood club Crystal Palace at the end of last season, with a number of sides interested in his signature.

The 21-year-old held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson about a move to Old Trafford, but ultimately chose to head for the St Mary's because of the greater first-team opportunities he felt he would have.

"I had run out of contract at Palace and there were talks with a few clubs who were looking at me like United," said Clyne, according to The Sun. "I knew if I came to Southampton I would get a lot of game time.

"It is an up-and-coming club and they have a project here. They do not just want to sit with what they have, they want to push forward for European football.

"Our aim is to stay in the league this year but go on after that."

Clyne will come up against the club he could have joined on Sunday, but the England Under-21 international already feels he has made the right decision to work with Nigel Adkins.

"Southampton is a very professional club and they work hard on every aspect of the game," he said. "I am already enjoying my time here."

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