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Taylor affirms Newcastle commitment

14 June 2013 20:29

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has stated he has no intention of leaving the club, despite speculation surrounding his future.

Taylor has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Fulham and Marseille in the off-season, but the 27-year-old has stressed he harbours no desire to leave St James' Park.

The centre-back may have to compete with Fabricio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for a starting spot next season, but insists playing for his home-town club is all he is interested in.

"Being at Newcastle is the best thing which has ever happened to me," Taylor told The Evening Chronicle.

"I am still living the dream of every young lad that is in this city. I still cannot describe the feeling when you walk over that line in front of 52,000 fans in a stadium like ours.

"It is what I have always wanted to do. I have to keep pinching myself."

Taylor was heavily linked with a move away when Newcastle suffered relegation from the Premier League in 2009.

However, the former England Under-21 international never had any intention to seek a transfer and was delighted to have helped guide Newcastle back to top-flight respectability.

"I was part of the team which was relegated. So I wanted to be part of the team which went up," he added.

"I have been at the club since I was nine at the school of excellence. As I say, this is my dream."

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