Former United star tries to justify move
Zeki Fryers believes the weekly wage offered to him at Manchester United made him feel undervalued.
Despite being given a price tag of £6million, the young left-back was offered £1,500 per week to sign a new deal at United and is said to have felt disrespected, according to the Daily Mail.
Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing the youngster in January but could not agree a fee with the Red Devils.
Fryers moved to Belgian club Standard Liege on a two-year-deal for a small compensation fee in August.
However, the England Under-19s starlet has now completed a £3million transfer to Spurs on £20,000 a week, a move which Sir Alex Ferguson believes to have been pre-planned.
The United boss has said the Premier League to look into the player’s transfer to Tottenham.
Ferguson told the Daily Mail: “I’m disappointed in Tottenham, I really am.
“I think it’s a blatant manipulation of the situation. They tried to buy him at the end of last season and we couldn’t agree terms.
“They took him on trial and to Portugal with the Tottenham squad and came back and said they couldn’t afford him. All of a sudden he signs for Standard Liege and when I heard that I expected him to go to Tottenham in January.”
Ferguson is suspicious because after signing a two-year-deal at Liege, Fryers has moved to White Hart Lane just four months later.
The tribunal system for under-23s in Belgium varies, therefore Liege only had to pay United less than £1million. Spurs were then able to sign Fryers for half the sum Ferguson had requested.
Despite the United manager’s rant, the club are yet to make a formal complaint.