Paddy McNair had no reservations about ending his Manchester United career in favour of regular first-team action at Sunderland.
The 21-year-old Northern Ireland midfielder joined the Black Cats along with fellow United academy graduate Donald Love for a combined £5.5million in August as McNair ended a five-year stay at Old Trafford having played 27 times for the club.
New boss Jose Mourinho took McNair on a pre-season tour of Asia and wanted him only to leave on loan, but he was not interested in the thought of a temporary departure.
“I went on the pre-season tour and after I spoke to Mourinho and he said to me he would like me to go out on loan,” McNair told to Press Association Sport.
“I had a think about it when I was out on the pre-season tour and even a little bit when I was at the Euros, I never wanted to go on loan. I was adamant I wanted to go on a permanent move. I spoke to Mourinho for a couple of weeks and basically persuaded him to let me go on a permanent deal.
“I see too many players go out on loan that don’t play. You’re never their player; it’s a loan. I just wanted to go to Sunderland and play in the Premier League every week and that was my thinking behind it. I’ve no regrets.”
And McNair insists he did not have to wrestle much with the call of whether to leave the 20 times champions of England for a move to the north east.
Asked if it was a difficult decision, he replied: “No, it wasn’t. My heart was set on going on a permanent (deal) and it’s just what I wanted to do. I know I won’t regret it because I know at that time I really wanted to do it. I’m glad I did it.”