Tottenham Hotspur defender Zeki Fryers has explained the reason behind his decision to leave Manchester United in 2012 and eventual move to White Hart Lane in January 2013, Sky
Fryers turned down a new contract at Old Trafford and instead signed for Belgian side Standard Liege, agreeing a two year deal. But just four months after putting pen to paper he moved to Spurs, who had tried to sign the player after his departure from United before the approach collapsed over the compensation due to United. Then-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was outraged by the series of events and called for the Premier League to investigate.
The 21-year-old has since made his senior Tottenham bow under new Head Coach Tim Sherwood, having played under the former Blackburn midfielder in the club’s Under-21s. And Fryers says a desire to expand his horizons was why he quit United for Belgium. “I wanted a new adventure, really,” he said. “There were certain things there that didn’t fall my way and I thought it was time to move on.
“I wanted to go abroad to further my career because most foreign players come to England to play, but it’s rare that English people go abroad to play…And then come January there were a few options. Spurs were one of the best teams to go to so I thought I could further my career here, working with the coaches.”
Fryers also insisted that there was no orchestrated plan to evade paying compensation to United by way of moving to Belgium first. “There were always going to be accusations, obviously,” he acknowledged.
“But with me finishing in Belgium, I spoke with my agent, we looked at the teams, and Spurs was the best for my improvement and development because of the staff there, like Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand.”
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