Chelsea's Cork explains Southampton snub

Chelsea defender Jack Cork has explained why he quit his loan at Southampton to join Watford.

Chelsea defender Jack Cork has explained why he quit his loan at Southampton to join Watford.

The on-loan Chelsea defender made a huge impact with Saints during the first half of the season and expressed a desire to stay at St Mary's for the remainder of the campaign.

But instead the 19-year-old opted to join the Hornets when their new manager Brendan Rodgers, Cork's reserve-team boss at Stamford Bridge, came calling.

"Now the dust has settled I wanted to thank everyone at Southampton and the fans," Cork told the club's official website.

"The club gave me an opportunity to continue my development with a great set of young players, under a management team that play football the right way.

"Brendan Rodgers made me captain of Chelsea's Under-18 side when I was still at school and captain of the reserves at 17. To be asked to come and play for him at first-team level was something I could not turn down. We left it right until the end because it was the hardest decision of my career so far."

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