Joe Allen says it “wasn’t a difficult decision” to leave Liverpool in search of first-team football this summer.
The midfielder, who starred for Wales at Euro 2016, left Anfield soon after the tournament in France to join Stoke, and is now preparing for his debut against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to move and I’m not looking back with any regrets,” he 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.
“I was hoping this opportunity [to join Stoke] 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.”