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Zeki Fryers explains motivation behind Crystal Palace transfer

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Former Manchester United defender Zeki Fryers has explained the reason behind his decision to leave Tottenham in favour of completing a deadline day transfer to Crystal Palace.

Sky Sports reports that the 21-year-old was a surprise addition to Neil Warnock's Eagles squad, and is looking forward to an opportunity to play regular Premier League football at Selhurst Park.

Fryers initially came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford before leaving the Red Devils for Belgian outfit Standard Liege in 2012.

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A year later he returned to England with Spurs, but after managing just seven league appearances in north London he decided to leave White Hart Lane on Monday.

Zeki Fryers quotes:

"I found out over the weekend from my agent that there was interest," explained Fryers in an interview with the east London club's official website.

"I heard that certain clubs were interested, but I knew Crystal Palace were the best club for me at this time of my career.

"It came out of nowhere, but I am absolutely buzzing to be here. It is a fresh start for me now and I can't wait to get out on the training pitch and show what I can do."

Potential unfulfilled 

Fryers joins Palace with a big reputation, and fans will be hoping he can finally fulfil his potential after two frustrating spells in England's top-flight with Manchester United and Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino's loss could be Neil Warnock's gain, with the young full-back determined to prove his doubters wrong by showing that he has what it takes to succeed at the top level.

"I have met Neil and he welcomed me and spoke to me about certain things on and off the pitch," added Fryers. "I know he is a great manager and he played a big part in me coming here.

"I am looking forward to working with him and getting to know my new team-mates."

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