EXCLUSIVE: I turned down a move to Manchester United – England international

“I didn’t want that. I wanted to be playing”

Jermaine Jenas

“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.

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