Anthony Gordon has described his £40 million move to Newcastle from Everton as a “massive step,” but he insists he never intended to disrespect his boyhood club and hopes his sale will help keep them in the Premier League.
The forward was confirmed as a Newcastle player on Sunday, with fellow 21-year-old West Ham right-back Harrison Ashby set to follow him in a £3 million deal.
The Ex-Everton player has spoken out about his departure from Goodison Park after missing training and submitting a transfer request last week.
“It was a really difficult decision and it’s been a really tough week for me” he said speaking to NUFC TV via Dailymail.
“I’ve been at Everton for my whole footballing career so far, so it’s been difficult, but this is an opportunity that I couldn’t really miss out on.”
“I didn’t mean to disrespect or offend anyone at Everton, and I’m hoping they know that and hopefully they can reinvest the money now and stay in the Premier League. They got a lot of money for me. I never imagined it or wanted it to go like that, that’s why it’s been such a tough week.”
“Since I heard of the interest, I was always convinced Newcastle were for me. I think the fan base and the city really suits me as a person, the way the team are playing under the gaffer at the minute really suits me, and the club just look like they’re heading in the right direction,” Gordon added.
“I feel like it’s a really big step. People haven’t seen what I’m capable of yet. I think under the gaffer, and the way the club’s going, I can really excel here”.
The young midfielder is set to bolster the midfield options for Eddie Howe, as they prepare to lose Jonjo Shelvey to Nottingham Forest in a reportedly two-and-a-half-year deal.