"I decided to stay at Crystal Palace. No-one else, it was just me. I am old enough now to make my own decisions and my family just told me to do what I wanted to do," he said.
"It is my career and I have to do what I want, that way you cannot blame someone if it doesn't work out.
"I know the only way I am going to become a top player is to be playing games week in, week out.
"I could have gone to Wolves and there would have been added benefits for me doing that but I didn't think I would play and at my age I can't be sitting on the bench all of the time, I need to be playing."