Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak says Manchester United's 'unacceptable' demands prevented him from securing a move away from Old Trafford as early as he would have liked.
The Poland international left Manchester United for Brighton during the summer transfer window, but says he missed out on opportunities to join Aston Villa and CSKA Moscow due to Sir Alex Ferguson's excessive valuation.
Kuszczak initially moved to Old Trafford on loan from West Brom, before his transfer to United was made permanent in 2007, where he became an understudy for Edwin van der Sar.
After the retirement of Van der Sar, however, Ferguson opted to look elsewhere for a new No.1 goalkeeper with the signing of David de Gea from Atletico Madrid, while Anders Lindegaard had joined 12 months earlier.
Kuszczak's frustration, though, had grown before that when he was unable to join Aston Villa as a replacement for Brad Friedel, while he a chance to sign for CSKA Moscow also had to be passed up.
"For the last year, I had the chance to move to many good teams," the 30-year-old told The Mirror.
"I always said that I want to play, I asked for permission to leave. At United, they said they would let me go. But for five million pounds.
"Shay Given had three years on his deal at City and was sold to Villa fo £2m.
"I had one more year at Old Trafford and they wanted £5m. This sum of money was unacceptable.
"It wasn't everything fair from their side. For three years I tried to leave but Sir Alex Ferguson said he needs me. Not everything was down to me. But he was thinking only about his team."