Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has categorically denied reports suggesting he had said he has become a 'slave' to the club.

The 29-year-old Polish stopper has fallen well down the pecking order at Old Trafford with summer signing David De Gea, and Anders Lindegaard fighting for the Red Devils No.1 spot.

And the fact that promising England U21 international has featured in this year's Carling Cup competition, Kuszczak has seemingly been frozen out of Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team picture.

The former West Brom star had hoped that the increased competition for places would allow him to leave the reigning Barclays Premier League champions on loan, but Kuszczak saw a move to Leeds blocked by United.

Despite a period of frustration for the fourth-choice keeper, he insists that he remains happy at Old Trafford, and has the utmost respect for the club.

"In response to recent press reports in the English media, I would like to set the record straight by clarifying that I did not use the word 'slave' in a recent interview I gave to the Polish newspaper SuperExpress, about my current position at Manchester United Football Club," he said in a statement.

"At no point during the interview did I use the word 'slave', or imply that the club was treating me like a 'slave'. Indeed what I did say has either been misinterpreted or misreported.

"It is important to clear this misinformation up because I have the utmost respect for the club and have not described my relationship with the club in this way because it is simply not the case."

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