Newcastle United news: Clark opens up on Villa exit, Barton lifts lid on Pardew row

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Ciaran Clark has been talking about his move to Newcastle United ahead of Saturday's visit to former club Aston Villa.

Rafa Benitez's side travel to Villa Park on Saturday evening for a televised Championship game.

Clark joined Newcastle in August after the club activated his £5million release clause.

And the 26-year-old defender has revealed how it was an easy decision to sign for Benitez at United.

Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has given his verdict on Benitez's team ahead of the game at Villa Park.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has lifted the lid on an explosive row with Alan Pardew which led to his exit in 2011.