Sylvain Marveaux: No Liverpool grudge

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NEWCASTLE United new boy Sylvain Marveaux says he has no regrets that his move to Liverpool broke down.

And the midfielder insists he could not be happier after joining Alan Pardew’s French revolution on Tyneside.

Marveaux came close to signing for Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, but the proposed deal fell through at the 11th hour earlier this month because of a contractual issue – and he crossed the Pennines to head to St James’s Park.

The 25-year-old, signed on a free transfer after his Rennes contract expired, said: “I’m very, very happy to be here.

“Newcastle came to me six months ago, and they always told me how much they wanted me. I appreciated that.

“When I came here I got a wonderful welcome, and everybody here was happy to see me sign here.

“I was in contact with Liverpool. I was really close to signing for them.

“The story about (failing) the medical is not true, only a rumour.

“What happened was there were some changes in the contract from the first time we had a discussion.

“I decided to come here. It won’t be a grudge match when we play Liverpool – it’s not revenge or anything.

“If anything, I am just looking forward to making my Premier League debut when we play Arsenal.

“I’ve known for over a year that I was going to be available on a free transfer. I also knew I would be leaving France, and during these past 12 months I really wanted to play in England. People have told me the style is different, but all I want to do is enjoy my football.”

Ex-France U21 cap Marveaux, who has been likened to former Newcastle winger Laurent Robert, is happy to be joining fellow French newcomers Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba.

“There are already three French players here, and they all have great talent and that will be a great help – we are going places,” claimed Marveaux. “I just want to work hard and do great things for this club.

“I’ve signed a five-year contract so I have time to adjust to the Premier League.”