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Fulham captain Cairney never wanted to leave Fulham

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Fulham captain Tom Cairney, a Newcastle United transfer target, insists he never wanted to leave Fulham for the North East because he is “settled” in London.

The Magpies made an enquiry for the Fulham midfielder ahead of the January window and were quoted a staggering £20million, while United also held an interest in the Scotland international earlier this summer too.

However, Cairney signed a new four-year contract at Craven Cottage last month, and he has since been named as the west London club’s captain.

Despite being a player Rafa Benitez wanted to bring to St James’ Park, Cairney is adamant he did not want to leave the capital at any stage.

“I love London, I do not want to move. It is a great place to live and I have settled quickly,” Cairney told The London Evening Standard when he was asked about Newcastle’s previous interest.

“I love life on and off the pitch and when you are happy you play your best football. You cannot put a price on happiness.

“If you are happy and you come into training with a smile on your face, you will always keep improving. It is something I did all of last season and I will look to do the same this season.”

“For the first time in a long time I was playing in my position. A lot of managers have played me on the right-wing. I see myself as a central-midfielder.

“And playing as part of a three with Kevin [McDonald] and Stefan [Johansen] I had a lot of freedom to get on the ball and play.”

Fulham lost to Reading in the Championship play-off semi-finals last summer, with the Cottagers having impressed throughout the season with their attacking style.

And now Cairney intends to use the pain of losing in the play-offs as motivation to lead the Cottagers back to the Premier League this term.

“I was delighted to sign the new deal. It has been the best time of my career down in London,” Cairney added.

“Last season was the standout season in my career. I really like where the club are going and, hopefully, we can go one step further this season.

“Can we use last season as motivation? It is hard because it is such a long season and no two are the same. But the dream is to get Fulham back into the Premier League, where I think they deserve to be. To do it would be special.”



















Source Chris Waugh at Chronicle Live

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