Zeki Fryers Set To Leave Manchester United For Tottenham Hotspur

by Sam Peoples

Zeki Fryers was tipped for big things at Old Trafford (Photo: Getty Images)

It has come to light this evening that Zeki Fryers has left Manchester United in favour of Tottenham Hotspur. Fryers will become the third youth prospect to leave Manchester United within the last 12 months. Ravel Morrison was the first, who left for West Ham United under complete different circumstances, the second was Paul Pogba, who was understood to make his switch to Juventus some weeks back, and now Fryers.

Towards the end of last season, there were rumours of Fryers not signing a new contract with the Red Devils, which was never reported again. The player nor his agent mentioned a move away from Old Trafford, or whether a new contract was going to be signed. Stewart Gardner of MUTV interviewed Sir Alex Ferguson on Tuesday morning and one of the questions asked was about Pogba and Fryers. The gaffer said, “Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware, it’s disappointing. I don’t think he showed us any respect at all. To be honest, if they carry on that way, they’re probably better doing it away from us.”

Sir Alex continued answering the question, “We haven’t heard anything from Zeki Fryers. I don’t know what’s happening there but he’s not been in touch with the club. His agent hasn’t been in touch with the club and I can only assume he’ll be back for training today.”

It would seem that the player had not even told the club he was going to leave, which is not very respectful. The club have done nothing but help nurture his talent, and for the way he seems to be acting, would make anyone think Manchester United, the players or the staff, had done something to upset him.

Fryers made a total on six appearances for the Manchester United first team in the last two seasons. At only 19-years-old, he did show some talent, but also needed to perfect his style of play, so he could make his mark in the first team on a permanent basis. He certainly did look like he was going to make the high-grade Manchester United expect from their players.

I don’t know what is going on with the youth at the club, but after three talented players within 12 months, you have to ask questions. I don’t think the club is doing anything wrong, as they have many youngsters on the books, and they seem to be happy. Perhaps its something to do with the players agents, or someone else telling them that they will be better off elsewhere, perhaps I am completely wrong.

The England U19 international has apparently signed a contract worth £20,000 per week with the White Hart Lane based club. It is also suggested that Manchester United did not meet Fryers wage demands, which is unknown to be true and just rumoured at this present time. Fryers has been promised first-team football with Tottenham, but whether this was promised before or after Harry Redknapp left as manager is unknown.

Once the departure has been confirmed by Manchester United, they will almost certainly need to bolster the left-back position now Fabio has gone on loan to Queens Park Rangers. It will leave the Red Devils with one experienced left-back in Patrice Evra. Leighton Baines seems to be on the club’s radar, but perhaps this will make Sir Alex Ferguson look at other targets as the club would not want a player like Evra to get injured, with no able cover.

By Paul Bienkowski

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14 comments

Sam Peoples 07/06/2012 - 11:16

I understood us selling Morrison and that Pogba’s agent had too much influence over him and chased the short term money but as for Zeki Fryers, I find it mysterious.

With Patrice Evra on the decline and Fabio out on loan next season, surely Fryers would have got a substantial amount of first team action? Why would he go to Tottenham to sit behind Ekotto and Danny Rose? Money probably.

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Prince Steve Idoko 07/06/2012 - 06:50

I dnt knw wat is hpening 2 man u, man u went 2 buy modric,spurs a puting price n dey came 4 fryers n man u want 2 sell him 2 tothenham…Any clubs dat refuses 2 sell dia playa 2 man u den man u shud nt sell any of dia playa 2 d club.take nte.

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paulbienkowski 07/06/2012 - 08:56

Manchester United (not man u), do not want to sell Zeki Fryers to Tottenham. They cannot do that seeing as he is out of contract. United will only get compensation due to his age.

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spursguv 07/06/2012 - 05:36

Yep Jay has it right. Not to mention if ol Fryers left on a free there’s money saved too. VDV cost little and if he moves (hope not btw) Spurs will make money. If Moderic leaves Spurs will make money. Levy has it right. I like the idea of a board selecting players especially as AVB is included. Rednapp would have F****D spurs if left unattended. United tho are coming into a different era and I wonder if they’re ready for it? Young players are more mature and game ready before some mangers are willing to play them. Citeh emerging has knocked united like it or not as a preferred destination. Chelsea and Citeh will take top players united chase. Spurs are seemingly unwilling to sell to united so things are changing. I think United will struggle this season. Not massively but to their standrads they’ll need to fight hard. Scholles and Giggs could be just too old now. Which brings me to another point, how long would a young player have to wait at united. They keep clinging to older players. Not a good example to set. Nor is it something Fergie used to do. Is money tight?

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Jay 07/06/2012 - 04:40

What you have to remember is its not just the net spend that spurs base there financial model on….Levy hasnt invested problem in years once he lost faith in giving Redknapp money.

We had a bare thread squad towards the end of last year so can afford investment, Pav, Crouch, Keane, Corluka, Krancjar, King, Palacios, Nelson and Saha were all experience pros on huge money that were sold without replacements…..we are likely to lose Pienaar, Gomes, Bentley, Jenas and Giovani as well.

Your talking 650k per week savings and 50 million in transfer funds.

Zeki Fryers is at 2m he will come in and we will see Danny Rose leave for slightly more and hes probably on similar salary.

Signings like Oscar, Adebayor, Sig, Lloris and Vertonghen will cost around 50mill and as there is 5 signings coming in and over 10 shipped out the wage bill will be a lot lower

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Armchair from Botswana 07/06/2012 - 01:06

I’m starting to become concerned at the wages spurs are offering young lads. Bale is upwards of 70k a week, the new sig fella is in the 40-70k region and now an unproven 19 year old squad player been offered 20k a week??? What happened to our wage structure? We aught to be careful or we may lose our souls like the Man$hitty and Chel$ki

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jrgoonar 07/06/2012 - 03:57

lol like your thinking mate but dont worry, your nowhere near successful or rich enough to have to worry about losing your little jewish souls 🙂

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Seb 07/06/2012 - 04:17

Yeah cos arscum have won loads in the last 7 years, your so successful. You Gooners (notice spelt with an e) are illiterate F**k’s as you just proved.

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jrgoonar 07/06/2012 - 16:06

its a nickname lol thats the way they pronounce it so thats how i write it. We may not have won a trophy for that time but when did you last finish above us? please tell me, I love to hear you say it. You won the league, in black and white, you won the league in black and white!

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paulbienkowski 07/06/2012 - 16:30

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT THIS IS FOR COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE NOT BANTER BETWEEN DIFFERENT CLUBS!! PLEASE REFRAIN FROM THIS SORT OF TALK IN FUTURE!!

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keiran 07/06/2012 - 00:45

As a Tottenham fan, I haven’t heard much on Fryers. Saying that, I’d welcome competition for the gormless Assou-Ekotto any day of the week.

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ollie 07/06/2012 - 02:17

Assou-ekotto, gormless? have a day off!

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Seb 07/06/2012 - 04:07

I agree with Keiran, Assou-Ekotto is a nice chap but should not be playing for a team that want’s to win trophies he doesn’t really care about football (his words) plus check how many times he played an opponent on-side (and we conceded a goal) compared to the rest of the defence.

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Carthage 07/06/2012 - 03:20

Lost the plot cocker!

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