“I didn’t want that. I wanted to be playing”
“I thought that was weird, but basically he said: ‘Ferguson thinks it’s an honour to play for the club, therefore he’s only offering £3m.’
“I think they were kind of only doing the deal because I was hot property at the time – not because he genuinely wanted me.
“At United they were saying: ‘We’ll develop you and you’ve got all these star players to train with.’
“But I didn’t want that. I wanted to be playing.
“Bobby didn’t stop ringing my phone – and David O’Leary was ringing me.
“So it was kind of like, which way do I go?
“Leeds were Champions League at the time, they had [Rio] Ferdinand, [Robbie] Keane, [Robbie] Fowler and so on – and it was closer to home.