Birmingham's new signing Curtis Davies has admitted both him and Aston Villa were glad to part ways
The 25-year-old had fallen out of favour spectacularly at Villa and had not made a Premier League appearance for 18 months.
Davies arrived at Villa Park for £8.5million from West Brom following an initial loan spell, but has now gone to their city neighbours to inject some life into his career.
And that is something he says he has no regrets about doing.
"I couldn't say that there was, because at the end of the day I had not played a league game for Villa for 18 months," the 3.5million signing told Sky Sports News.
"So maybe if I was a regular in the team, then it might have been a different story, but it was more a case that they were happy to see the back of me, and I was happy to see the back of them.
"At the end of the day, I wasn't playing I was just sat there doing nothing, so I think both parties were happy to part ways."
The move to Birmingham came as a total surprise to everyone, including the player himself.
Davies had said on Twitter that he was going to Leicester, who had thought they had secured his services on loan for the remainder of the season.
However, Alex McLeish then made his last-minute move to leave the Foxes and the player slightly embarrassed.
"That's the unfortunate side of it," he added.
"I was on my way to Leicester and had got the paperwork done really, and Villa called my agent but I hadn't signed off the papers.
"They said that the Blues had put in a permanent deal and I was obviously happy to come across here and speak to the Blues, and happy to get the deal done.
"Having not played Premier League football in 18 months, my last game being a 3-1 win over Liverpool, when I scored, I just wanted to get out there and show what I've got."
The transfer to Birmingham allows the once highly-rated England Under-21 international to rebuild a career that saw him compared with Rio Ferdinand.
His elegance and poise on the ball when stepping out of defence was a key feature of his game, and it appears the move has triggered his appetite for the game again.
"I am used to playing football really," he continued.
"It's one of those things, you are going in every day and you're working towards nothing.
"You go in on a Monday and you work towards the weekend's game, but when you know that you are going in and just training for the sake of training - it's a little bit tedious.
"I've got the opportunity now, where I will be working towards something and hopefully I will get that opportunity soon."
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