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Taylor vows to stay at Newcastle

Steven Taylor
Taylor came through the ranks at Newcastle, making his debut in 2004

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has committed himself to the Championship club and vowed to lead them back into the Premier League.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from St James' Park following the Magpies relegation last season.

"I was part of the team involved in taking Newcastle down and I want to put it right," he told the Daily Express.

"There has been interest but I want to be part of the side that takes us back where we belong."

Taylor has reportedly been a target this summer for both Aston Villa and Everton, the latter particularly in the wake of the sale of Joleon Lescott to Manchester City.

Last season's relegation, coupled with the financial uncertainty at Newcastle as a result of owner Mike Ashley's frustrated attempts to sell the club has resulted in the sale of a number of key players this summer.

The 606 Member Formerly Known as 'The Zog'

Michael Owen was out of contract at the end of last season and joined Manchester United, while Sebastien Bassong, Obefami Martins, Damien Duff and Habib Beye have all departed recently.

However, Newcastle have started this season in the second tier in impressive fashion with three wins and a draw and they can claim top spot in the Championship table by beating Leicester at St James' Park on Monday.

Taylor says he wants to help to reward the long-suffering Newcastle fans for their loyalty.

"I know how much the fans were hurt by relegation and now I want to help put a smile back on their faces," added Taylor.

"They are the best in the country and there's no way I want to leave them."

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see also
Newcastle 1-0 Leicester
31 Aug 09 |  Championship
Newcastle 4-3 Huddersfield
26 Aug 09 |  League Cup
Duff joins Fulham from Newcastle
18 Aug 09 |  Fulham
Villa swoop for Newcastle's Beye
07 Aug 09 |  Aston Villa
Striker Martins joins Wolfsburg
01 Aug 09 |  Newcastle
Taylor commits future to Magpies
04 Jul 08 |  Newcastle

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