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I wanted to stay

You’d think that Andy Carroll would be extremely happy at becoming most expensive English player of all time, moving to one of European football’s giants and bumping his salary up to a pretty respectable level (allegedly around £80,000 a week); but it appears that the Geordie centre-forward isn’t best pleased at leaving Newcastle at all.

Carroll told the Shields Gazette that ‘I didn't want to leave’, and that he wanted the paper to ‘make sure the fans know I didn't want to leave’. It appears that he was more or less forced out of the door after Newcastle received a second, unbelievable offer of £35million (plus add ons) from Liverpool, with the club asking him to put in a transfer request. Odd.

‘(Managing director) Derek (Llambias) asked me to hand in a transfer request, so I was pushed into a corner and had no choice,’ explained Carroll. ‘I wasn't wanted by them and they made it clear they wanted the money.

‘Then I flew down in (owner Mike Ashley's) helicopter. I didn't want to leave. I'm gutted that I wasn't wanted at my home team after everything I have done and the progress I have made.’

Still it’s not all bad: take a look at this hilarious member of the Toon Army directing his rage at his former idol, trying to set fire to a replica Newcastle kit, and failing – big time.

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