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Foster: No regrets over United exit

Ben Foster insists he has no regrets about being let go by Manchester United as it often got in the way of spending time with his family.

Despite showing promise at Old Trafford, Foster, 29, left United for Birmingham City in 2010 after failing to land the No. 1 spot, before moving to nearby West Bromwich Albion.

The goalkeeper has often made known of his love for the family life, citing it as one of the reasons for retiring from the England set-up.

And Foster believes West Brom is the perfect club for him to balance his football with his family - something he found hard to do at United.

"I'm very professional about football, my training and my preparation" he said. "But there is more to life for me.

"The thing with United is you know they'll always be in the Champions League and they'll have three matches in a week. It was so constant all the time - you very rarely got a day off. You were away from your family and you have to live and breathe football.

"I'm not that kind of character. Don't get me wrong, I love football and love playing on Saturday afternoon but I also love my down-time, my family time.

"That was the difference for me between being at United and then being at a club like Birmingham or Albion - you know you'll get your one game in the week and that'll be it. That's the bit I love about football."

The father-of-two has grown tired of being asked whether he will reconsider his international future and says the fact he was named Albion's player of the year last season - having won Birmingham's award the year before - as evidence of a decision well made.

Foster was born in Leamington Spa and sees it as no coincidence he has produced such good form while back on his home patch, while he also believes there is more to life than just football.

"I'm a Midlands person and never been happier during my career," he said. "I never once regret what I've done in the past.

"Everything happens for a reason and you learn from it. It makes you a stronger person on a football pitch. I learned from a club like United but I also knew it's very cut-throat, succeed at all costs.

"I'm too laid-back. I don't take this football thing as a 24/7 pursuit. I don't go home on Saturday and think: 'Right, I've got to prepare for next Saturday'. I take my mind off it, relax and start worrying about the next game a few days later.

"My two kids are three and four now. They are full-on. I'm either with them at home, picking them up from school and nursery and doing stuff with them. My parents still live in Leamington. I have two brothers and a sister who live there.

"Spending time with them all is what matters. I don't really take football too seriously in so much that it's not the be-all and end-all."


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