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Stanislas: Snub was right

Junior Stanislas remains convinced that he made the right decision in snubbing the Premier League to join Bournemouth.

Having helped Burnley to promotion out of the Sky Bet Championship in 2013/14, a shot at the big time beckoned for Stanislas.

He was offered fresh terms to stay on at Turf Moor, but turned down a new deal in favour of linking up with Bournemouth on a three-year contract.

The 24-year-old winger has helped his new employers to make a positive start to the new campaign and insists he has no regrets at having opted to remain in the second tier.

Stanislas said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers: "It was probably the hardest decision that I have ever had to make. The Premier League is where every player wants to compete.

"I could have signed with Burnley again, but it just felt the time was right that I needed to get away and have a fresh start.

"It would have been easy to stay there and say that I am part of a Premier League team.

"But in terms of how much I would have actually featured, I am not sure. The fact that I am walking away from that opportunity shows how much I want to play."

Stanislas has also revealed that the opportunity to work with Eddie Howe again influenced his decision, with the Bournemouth boss having taken him to Burnley in 2011.

He added: "I enjoy the philosophy he is trying to teach.

"Eddie likes to give youth a chance and I think he believes, if he can get them in young, he has the quality to teach the players what they need to learn.

"That was the main reason for coming here."