Scott Sinclair tells Swansea City fans: I loved it all
SCOTT Sinclair has thanked Swansea City's fans for the support he received at the Liberty and declared: "I hope they understand why I had to leave."
Sinclair has spoken for the first time since ending a successful two-year stint in Wales by joining Manchester City.
Swansea did not want to lose Sinclair but accepted that a move was best for all parties when the former Chelsea youngster made it clear he was not interested in extending his contract.
They eventually agreed a fee of £6.2 million plus add-ons with City, while it is also understood Sinclair waived a six-figure loyalty bonus to make the transfer happen.
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Now the former England Under-21 international is starting a new chapter in his career at the Etihad Stadium, where he will compete for game time with some of the best footballers in the country.
"I loved my time at Swansea," Sinclair said. "I enjoyed every minute of it and have some great memories, like promotion and the Wembley hat-trick, which will stay with me for ever.
"The two years I spent at Swansea were the best of my career so far, there's no doubt about that.
"I was sad to leave, but I hope the supporters understand the decision I made to join Manchester City.
"I am still young and ambitious to play at the very top.
"The chance I have been given to play Champions League football with the Premier League title-holders was an opportunity I just couldn't turn down.
"I hope they understand that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. I want to keep developing as a player and I believe it is the right move to do that."
Sinclair made an inauspicious start to life in a City shirt earlier this week when he missed a penalty while playing for the champions' development side in a game against Liverpool.
But the 23-year-old hopes to shine in Roberto Mancini's first team having severed his ties with Swansea, a club where he thrived.
"Swansea will always remain close to my heart and I wish them every success for the future," he added.
"It's the least the supporters deserve. They've always been good to me, on and off the field. They've always been behind me and I will always appreciate that.
"I hope they feel I've played a part in the club's recent success and, as I said, understand my decision to begin a new challenge."