Les Ferdinand has admitted his regret at leaving Newcastle United.

The prolific striker told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast that he wishes he finished his career at the Magpies.

“I didn’t want to leave Newcastle United,” Ferdinand explained.

“I was there for two years and I would have spent the rest of my career there. I thought it was a great club and thought we were on the cusp of winning something.”

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Cult hero

Despite only being on Tyneside for two seasons between 1995 and 1997 following his move from Queens Park Rangers, the Londoner still has cult hero status in the north east.

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In his final year, he built a formidable partnership with Alan Shearer, with the pair scoring 49 goals between them. Following Kevin Keegan’s departure, new manager Kenny Dalglish decided to sell the forward to Tottenham Hotspur. Despite Ferdinand supporting Spurs as a youngster, he states that he would have preferred to stay up north.

“Kenny had his own ideas, he came in and he needed to raise funds. He did say to me he didn’t want me to leave, but the club were looking to raise funds and he was pretty honest with me. He said he didn’t want to lose me, but I didn’t really believe it.”

With the on- and off-pitch turmoil currently surrounding the club, the Toon Army would certainly love to return to the days of Ferdinand and Keegan’s Entertainers.

Currently, Newcastle have 15 goals in 21 Premier League games. In ‘Sir Les’s’ first season with the club, he found the net 25 games in 37 appearances. It’s a scary thought to think the entire squad may struggle to surpass this number this season.

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