New Tottenham signing Zeki Fryers left Manchester United because he felt 'disrespected' by the Sir Alex Ferguson after he was offered £1,500-per-week to stay at Old Trafford before he ultimately arrived at White Hart Lane.
Fryers was on the verge of signing for Spurs over the summer form Manchester United, but the move broke down because Spurs were seemingly unwilling to pay the Red Devils the £6 million they would have been due in compensation had he joined another Premier League club.
Instead the talented youngster signed for Belgian side Standard Liege for a small fee before signing for Tottenham in the first few days of the January transfer window for around £3million - decidedly less than they would have had to have paid Manchester United.
The transfer left Sir Alex Ferguson fuming, with the Scot calling for Fryers registration to be suspended while the move was investigated.
"I’m disappointed in Tottenham, I really am," said the United manager. "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.
"The Premier League should stop the registration until they examine it. There will be a trail, mobile phones (records) or something. It’s obvious to me.’
However according to the Daily Mail, Fryers has little sympathy for Ferguson because he felt undervalued at Old Trafford having been offered a deal to stay with the club that was worth around £1,500-per-week.
The paper reports that Fryers is now earning £20,000-per-week with Spurs, a salary more in line with a player valued at £6 million.
The Mail quotes Fryers as saying he felt "disrespected' by the contract offer made to him by Manchester United. Fryers was Tottenham's first signing of the January transfer window, with the north London club concluding a deal for Schalke's Lewis Holtby soon after.