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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