Nolberto Solano has revealed his regret at leaving Newcastle with the club's quest for a trophy still ongoing.
The 32-year-old Peruvian departed for West Ham on Friday - two years to the day since he returned from Aston Villa for a second spell at St James' Park - after admitting he needed to be nearer to his wife and children in London.
"I have to say the Newcastle supporters were great to me and I can honestly say I always tried my best for them.
"The only reason I wanted to leave was because of my family, and they all seemed to understand that.
"I know I am a professional footballer, but my family is very important to me.
"My daughter Luana was born in Birmingham during my time at Aston Villa, but my son Madias was born and bred in Newcastle and he is a real Geordie boy.
"They are in London and that's the only reason I wanted to go down there."
Solano added: "On Friday morning, I had changed my mind and I was convinced I would be staying - and I was happy at that.
"But looking at the great squad Newcastle have got, I accepted I would not play that many matches this season and for that reason - and my family - I thought it was best to go when West Ham came back in for me."