Ezekiel Fryers has revealed that he rejected a new deal with Manchester United, with the youngster going in search of more first time game time as he made a summer move to Belgian side Standard Liege.

Fryers was the subject of a great deal of speculation during the summer, as a host of youngsters made moves away from Old Trafford during the year including the likes of Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba.

He was looking a sure thing to go to Tottenham, but after spending the summer training with the club the deal fell through, and Fryers has explained that when Standard offered him a contract, he saw a big opportunity to make a name for himself in a league where many young players have been scouted by top clubs.

"United offered a three-year contract but I rejected the offer," he told the Manchester Evening News. "Spurs were interested but the fee 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 a good league.

"You never know what will happen in football, but I made the right decision for me.

Ezekiel Fryers
Ezekiel Fryers was receiving limited opportunities at Manchester United, and moved to Standard Liege in the summer.

"I feel the club would have still brought in a left-back because there was talk of me and Fabio going on loan.

"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 are not doing so well at the moment but are getting better. With the play-off system, the end of the season is the most important period.

"It is important to play different styles of football, but it is also a big challenge as you need to adapt to living in another country and the way they play."

Fryers says that post-United, he's planning on achieving big things, and with only a two year deal at Standard he doesn't have very long to prove himself.

"My first goal is to grow as a player, not to get international recognition directly," he explained. "In football, everything changes very quickly.

"Today I'm at Standard in the first year of my contract and I want it to be as good as possible. Maybe after that I can go one step higher."