"We feel at this moment in time that his head had been turned by the possibility of moving on, and I can understand that.
"He is a young lad, he wants to go and do different things and experience different things, and I then felt it was the best thing for us to get the best fee we possibly could.
"I have got a lot of time for him. He is a lovely lad. In the end, his head was turned and it looks as though he will be moving on.
"But he was a big player for us, especially last season for me. In the early part of the season, his goals kept us in matches and won us lots of games, and I wish him good luck.
"I do not think there is an ounce of malice in his body. He is a really lovely kid and I hope things work out for him as he hopes."