Former Manchester United goalkeeper Tom Heaton claims he “was on the end of it” from Sir Alex Ferguson after deciding to leave the club.
However, his move on a free transfer to Cardiff in 2010, wasn’t exactly met with best wishes from ex-United manager Ferguson, who wanted him to sign a new contract.
“It was, how do you say, an interesting moment. I understood his point of view. I’d been there since I was a kid. He was offering me a new contract and I was turning it down,” Heaton, who now plays for Aston Villa, told the Daily Star.
“He wasn’t best pleased! So, I was on the end of it a bit. I totally understood it because they had invested a lot of time in me.
“But I knew what was right for me. It was a risk, but it was one I wanted to take. I walked out of his office with my tail between my legs. It needed to be done. It was the right decision. I knew that and I never wavered from it.
“In fairness – and I always say this because it’s important to me – two or three weeks down the line, he called me back into his office, and said, ‘I will always be there for you, whenever you need me. I respect your decision’. That meant the world to me.”