Paul Green quitting Derby County for a "new start"

Paul Green

Derby County midfielder Paul Green has turned down a new contract offer to look for a fresh challenge.

Green, 29, joined from Doncaster in 2008 but is out of contract next month.

He has been linked with several Championship sides including Ipswich Town - who are managed by Paul Jewell, the man who signed him for the Rams.

"It was a tough decision. I have good friends here and we have a great spirit but it is time for a change and a fresh start," Green told BBC Radio Derby.

Discussions over a new deal broke down earlier in the season but manager Nigel Clough initially remained hopeful he could tempt Green to stay at Pride Park.

But the player insists he has not already finalised a deal with another club

"There is a lot of speculation. There may be something at the end of the month but there is nothing concrete at all," he said. "I don't know where I am going to be yet.

"I would love to play in Premier League - but I think it will be more in the Championship rather than the Premier League."

The Republic of Ireland international hopes to be part of his country's Euro 2012 squad in the summer, and is eager to get his situation resolved.

"I would love to get things sorted out before the Euros - if I do go," Green confirmed.

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