Stadium of Light

Next Game

Sunderland v Tottenham

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 0 - 3 Liverpool

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Fryers explains Man Utd exit

Tottenham full-back Zeki Fryers insists he took a step in the right direction by leaving Manchester United.

Last Updated: 01/01/14 at 13:23 Post Comment

Zeki Fryers: Learned his trade at Manchester United's academy

Zeki Fryers: Learned his trade at Manchester United's academy

Fryers learned his trade at United's academy, but he left Old Trafford under a cloud after refusing to sign a long-term contract with the club.

Spurs tried to snap up the youngster, but failed to agree a compensation package, and Fryers instead opted to join Standard Liege on a two-year deal in August 2012.

Just four months later, the 21-year-old moved on to Spurs, prompting an angry response from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who urged the Premier League to investigate the switch.

Fryers does not regret his brief spell in Belgium and believes he has become a better player since he cut his ties with United.

"I wanted a new adventure, really," he said. "There were certain things there that didn't fall my way and I thought it was time to move on.

"I left some friends there, some of them are doing well now. That's football, really.

"I wanted to go abroad to further my career because most foreign players come to England to play, but it's rare that English people go abroad to play.

"So I thought I was going to go and try something new, for me. I enjoyed it, it was a great experience.

"And then come January there were a few options. Spurs were one of the best teams to go to so I thought I could further my career here, working with the coaches.

"A lot of people say that when you do leave Man U you go down, but for me, personally, I feel like I've gone up, in terms of development."

Fryers played under Tim Sherwood for the club's successful under-21 side last season and the new Spurs boss handed the youngster his full debut in Sunday's 3-0 win over Stoke.

The 21-year-old admits Sherwood was one of the reasons why he originally linked up with the north Londoners.

"There were always going to be accusations, obviously," he said.

"But with me finishing in Belgium, I spoke with my agent, we looked at the teams, and Spurs was the best for my improvement and development because of the staff there, like Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer Deadline Day: Hull City splash out but Radamel Falcao move to Manchester United makes headlines

Hull were the most active club on deadline day but it was Man Utd's signing of Radamel Falcao which grabbed headlines.

Transfer news: Radamel Falcao joins Manchester United on loan

Manchester United have signed Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Transfer news: Hatem Ben Arfa leaves it late to join Hull City on loan

Hull City have signed midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on a season-long loan from Premier League rivals Newcastle.

Mail Box

It's That Time Again: 'Wenger Out'

Are Arsenal fans the ficklest in the Premier League? That's one question in the mailbox as Gooners call for Wenger to leave (again). Plus, plenty of reaction to Falcao...

Wenger: The Most Stubborn Manager Going

Arsenal fans would quite like their club to sign a striker thank you very much, whilst someone is excited about Jim White et al. Plus, Klose to Arsenal please...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property