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Published: 16:11 | 15/1/16

Shelvey out to prove himself


New Newcastle signing Jonjo Shelvey has vowed to make Swansea regret their decision to sell him.

Shelvey was paraded in front of the Newcastle fans on Tuesday night shortly after completing his £12million transfer to St James' Park.

The 23-year-old's attitude was questioned during his last few months at the Liberty Stadium and his relationship with the fans turned sour - he was involved in a heated exchange with a supporter after the FA Cup third round defeat to Oxford.

However, he insists the fans were not aware of what was going on behind the scenes and he believes Swansea will regret letting him join a Premier League rival.

"I want game time. I was told I didn't suit the style of Swansea's play by the manager. I never once asked to leave, I never came out in an interview to say that," Shelvey told reporters on Friday.

"It's just that I wasn't going to play, wasn't getting my chance and I needed a new challenge. I was lucky a massive club showed interest in me and I'm a very fortunate boy to be here, and I realise that.

"The Swansea fans got on my back a bit at the end, without knowing what was going on behind the scenes. I was training hard and competing for a place in the team.

"I'd played the majority of games in the season and picked up five bookings - I was suspended and didn't come back. I never got a chance of getting back in the team, so I felt I was a bit hard done by. The fans got on my back and said I had a bad attitude without really knowing what was going on behind the scenes.

"Obviously it is going to be Swansea's loss in the end. I'm just lucky enough to find a club in Newcastle that have shown interest in me."

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