Tottenham Hotspur have excused their signing of former Manchester United defender, Zeki Fryers, by claiming he was homesick and wanted to come home. They have dismissed Sir Alex Ferguson’s suggestion that they have manipulated the rules to get Fryers on the cheap.

However, Fryers was interviewed for Four Four Two magazine last month and didn’t sound in the least bit homesick, but instead, was looking forward to what his new club could achieve at the end of the season.

“United offered a three-year contract but I rejected the offer,” he said. “Spurs were interested but the fee [Manchester United requested] was too much. Then Standard Liege arrived with a good opportunity for me to play regular games and get experience. I thought it was the right time for me to leave and get experience playing in good league. I made the right decision for me. For me, every game is more experience. It is a new challenge for me but I think I’m doing well as far as now. The Belgian League is different, but there is a lot of quality. It has developed some great players that are now in the Premier League. Standard Liege is a top club in Belgium who want to be in the top three every year. We’re not doing so well at the moment but are getting better and better. With the play-off system, the end of the season is the most important period.”