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Published: 12:38 | 11/8/16

Allen pleased to join Stoke

Joe Allen is looking forward to the next chapter in his career following his move to Stoke.

Allen made 132 appearances in four years for Liverpool but his failure to hold down a regular starting spot under Jurgen Klopp convinced him the time was right to move on.

The Wales international was linked with a number of Premier League clubs before finally agreeing a £13milion move to Stoke and he believes he was right to turn his back on Anfield.

"It wasn't a difficult decision to move and I'm not looking back with any regrets," Allen told Sky Sports.

"I'm excited about the future in my career. At 26, the best years are still in front of me and naturally I'm looking forward to them.

"I look back and I've got fond memories. It was a huge privilege to play for a club like Liverpool but the timing was right for me to move on.

"When a new manager comes in, you're hoping you can impress and get in the team. I thought that his style would suit me, but it wasn't quite to be. In all fairness, the competition in midfield was tough all season so there's not too many complaints on my part.

"I don't want to be sat twiddling my thumbs on the bench, and I wanted to make sure if I could change it I would.

“I was hoping this opportunity would come up in the summer, and thankfully it's all worked out well. I'm looking forward to the new chapter in my career."

Stoke travel to Teeside to take on Middlesbrough in their Premier League opener on Saturday and the 26-year-old is eager to make his debut for the club at the Riverside Stadium.

"It was a really short break, just a couple of weeks, but I think that has actually worked out really well for me to be honest,” Allen said ahead of the weekend's clash.

“I didn’t lose too much fitness during those couple of weeks because I was playing regularly throughout the summer for Wales, so I have been able to come in here and hit the ground running.

“I have had the chance to undertake some good pre-season training here and have managed to get a couple of games under my belt too, so I certainly feel in good nick.

“And from training alongside the other lads too, they are in good shape as well so we are all looking forward to hopefully getting the season off to a perfect start.

“It remains to be seen who the manager opts to go with at the weekend because there is a lot of quality here, not just in midfield, but across the board.”

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