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Kuszczak: No One Would Ever Pay £5m For Me!

Tomasz Kuszcak has criticised the club for not lowering their asking price for him to allow him to leave Manchester United sooner.

“For the last year, I had the chance to move to many good teams,” he said. “I always said that I want to play, I asked for permission to leave. At United, they said they would let me go. But for five million pounds. Shay Given had three years on his deal at City and was sold to Villa fo £2m. I had one more year at Old Trafford and they wanted £5m. This sum of money was unacceptable. It wasn’t everything fair from their side. For three years I tried to leave but Sir Alex Ferguson said he needs me. Not everything was down to me. But he was thinking only about his team. West Brom was the most determined to sign me. We dropped to £4m, but that was too much. Clubs from Russia, Turkey and Olympiakos [wanted me]. I was close to CSKA Moscow and their keeper Igor Akinfeev had an injury and they wanted to loan someone. I reached individual agreement but Manchester wanted too much. Then I negotiated the deals with clubs from the Premier league and Championship, Turkey, Russia, Dinamo Moscow and Kuban Krasnodar. There was a lot of money involved but in April my second daughter was born and I preferred to stay in England.”

Kuszczak wasn’t a great keeper and it a surprise that United wouldn’t just take what money they could for him sooner.

The bigger disappointment for me was as United approached the historical 19th title, Kuszczak was whinging to the press about his current situation. He then played in goal against Blackburn, the day we won the league, which seemed like something he didn’t deserve at all.

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  1. JIXIE says:

    This is a bit harsh. The man was our player and did his bit. I think his treatment sometimes seemed pretty shabby. Anyway who knows what goes on behind the scenes?!?

  2. Keano16 says:

    He may not have been treated the best, point taken. But can he not just move the fuck on? He whined about at the time, then when he got his move. So why can’t it just be left there? Is he going to still be complaining when he’s an old man? ffs

  3. Keano16 says:

    Oh and that day against Blackburn he was fucking woeful. I was covering my eyes every time the ball went near him.

  4. Blinky says:

    Considering most players we sell go for lower than their value, this is a bit odd.

  5. Trev says:

    is this the same Kuszczak who said he was good enough to be Number one for United? If so then maybe he should say what a fair price for a Number 1 at united it at his age!

    Lets face it, he was total and utter shite for United so he can do one!

  6. croweyp says:

    wouldnt say he was a bad keeper. he was ‘ok’…

  7. Proverb says:

    Kuszczak is a whinning piggy, I don’t know how much moaning he did over the past 3 or so years!!
    Firstly he was crying out loud about not being played, I’m sure now he realize why he wasn’t being considered for a place hence saying united are asking for too much
    If he thinks £4m is too much

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  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    “No One Would Ever Pay £5m For Me!” Says it all :lol:

    Guess he never wanted the medals then? Maybe I should just have a cheeky look on ebay? ;)
    Premier League (3): 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11
    League Cup (2): 2008-09, 2009-10
    FA Community Shield (3): 2007, 2008, 2010
    UEFA Champions League (1): 2007-08
    FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008

    Pissed someone upstairs right off. Move on Tomaz.

  10. wayne says:

    One minute spouting off about if he’s not number 1 wanted out of the club,next minute not worth 5mill somewhat of a contradiction.Utd are normally very fair with asking price for players all i can think of is Sir Alex let him sit on it for all the nonsense he was saying about num1 or else

  11. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    I could not agree with Scott’s last paragraph.

    Tomasz stayed, or had to stay because the club would not lower the price for him. He trained well, behaved professionally, so which part of it makes him does not deserve that match against Blackburn?

    It’s all professional stuff. He played, did his part, helped us win #19. We asked for 5m, could not get a buyer, we continued to pay his wages until he left. So he deserves the #19 with us, and we deserve his services to help us with the #19. It’s a fair business.

  12. Costas says:

    It was a lot of money to ask for a player out of favor and into the last 12 months of his deal.

  13. Gopher Brown says:

    He had a contract with the club and in his last season the club deemed it to be worth more to keep him ‘just in case’ and let him leave on a free than sell him for the £500k he would probably bring in. It’s called asset management.

  14. utd_fc says:

    he’s not the first person in football history to get a slightly raw deal. It happens in life. I can understand being bitter about it, but move the fuck on GEEZ.

  15. LonestarRed says:

    The TEAM was more important than you! As Gopher Brown said, we had to make sure that we were not in a bad way if you left. Were you paid well while you were here? Yes you were. If now one wanted to pay 5 million for you , then you must not have been worth it as Fletch the Mans so aptly alluded to. If they REALLY wanted you they would have payed the fee. Or if you were that good. But don’t let that dose of reality interrupt your pity party.

  16. United Till I Die says:

    “he was only thinking about his team”

    ……AND???? Talk about fucking stupid.

  17. Diego says:

    You can definitely see both sides of the argument. It’s in the past now, no need for name calling.

  18. Double Standard says:

    The Comments on here are downright fuckin hypocritical!!!!! Poor or not this hapless sod was professional through and through. Never missed training gave his all. I am first to admit he was not remarkable but he was average and did his job. I now understand why players give clubs the ran around when they know they are worth something because when the club does not give a toss a player is treated like utter shitttteeee!!!1

  19. Louis says:

    I think that he has a right to say what he feels, especially as he must have felt hard done by for years at United, and unable to say anything. The once or twice that he does mention something, people criticize him for it, saying he must just shut up. He was a faithful servant for many years. I agree that 5 million may have been too much


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