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Published: 09:09 | 19/8/16

Allen unhappy at Reds communication


Joe Allen has revealed he learned about his transfer from Liverpool to Stoke when he received congratulatory text messages.

Following his impressive performances for Wales during Euro 2016, Allen was linked with several Premier League clubs before Stoke won the race to sign the midfielder.

Although he is happy at the Britannia Stadium, Allen admits that he was upset with how the transfer was handled especially when he found out about the move from a friend.

"I actually had a text message off a friend congratulating me about making the move when I didn't even know it was happening at the time," Allen told the Telegraph.

"Not knowing whether the club intend to sell you or keep you, especially when you're trying to ask the question, is disappointing.

"The communication wasn't great but as soon as Liverpool accepted an offer I knew what their intentions were for me. It's irrelevant now because I've got the move that I wanted."

Allen managed just eight Premier League starts under Jurgen Klopp last season and the Wales international admits he had little choice but to move on from Anfield in order to secure regular first-team football.

"Being a regular wasn't going to happen and that's fair enough. If you look at the quality Liverpool have got in midfield, and maybe the age of the players, I think I'd have been waiting for injuries and suspensions," he said.

"I'm not going to be happy unless I'm on the pitch on a regular basis. I'm 26 now and the next four or five years are going to be my best. I'm really excited about this move because the ambition is there to get better.

"In the three seasons Mark Hughes has had you've seen the progress Stoke have made, the players he's brought in and the style he's imposed."

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