James Milner completed his 12-million-pound (21.9-million-dollar) move from Newcastle to Aston Villa Friday. ( dpa )
Milner had become frustrated by Newcastle's failure to offer him a new contract and had played for Villa on loan three seasons ago.
"I enjoyed every minute at Newcastle," Milner said. "It was a fantastic club. I enjoyed working with the manager and they are a great bunch of lads.
"But I knew offers had come in over the summer and the club had turned them down and the valuation of me wasn't reflected in the deal I was on.
"Speaking to them, I felt it was the right thing to put in a transfer request to show how I felt, seeing as they didn't think they were on the same wavelength as me and they then made the decision to sell me.
"It was Newcastle's decision and now I am at Aston Villa. A new contract was never discussed. That was a source of frustration."