January 7, 2019 / 5:17 AM / 5 months ago

Soccer-Clyne says Howe-factor helped him decide to pick Cherries

Jan 7 (Reuters) - On loan full back Nathaniel Clyne opted to join Bournemouth over Cardiff City because he wanted to work under “great manager” Eddie Howe.

Both Premier League sides were in talks to sign Clyne before he completed a six-month move from Liverpool last week, a deal which drew criticism from a frustrated Cardiff boss Neil Warnock.

“(Bournemouth) have a great manager and that’s what urged me to come here,” Clyne said after Bournemouth’s FA Cup defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend. “I’ve looked at how Bournemouth play and it’s similar to my style.”

Clyne missed the majority of last season due to injury and found his route back to Liverpool’s first team blocked by the impressive form of youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold, with Joe Gomez also able to move across from centre back.

Since returning to fitness, Clyne has made four league appearances for Liverpool this season, but said he was disappointed by his lack of playing time.

“I’ve gone a whole season-and-a-half without really playing consistent football, which is unusual for me,” the 27-year-old added. “Knowing you’re fit and can go out there and play but constantly not getting selected is a bit disappointing.

“I’d rather go out and find another club which would give me the opportunities to play games.” (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru)

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