Crystal Palace youngster on Spurs exit: 'Pochettino didn’t speak to me'

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Zeki Fryers has revealed that he left Tottenham Hotspur because Mauricio Pochettino ‘didn’t speak to me’.

The young defender left White Hart Lane this summer, moving to Selhurst Park having made just seven appearances for Spurs.

The 22-year old, who progressed through Manchester United’s academy, completed a move to Palace on deadline day, signing a three-year deal with the Eagles.

The move came as a surprise to many Spurs fans, with the youngster considered to have bright future ahead of him, although Fryers has admitted to the Croydon Advertiser that a move came about through a need to be playing a high quantity of first-team games.

The full-back said: “It felt good the gaffer Neil Warnock wanted me, I just wanted to get out and play some games so I am hoping to do that here.

“Spurs were a great club but the opportunities didn’t come as much as I’d like there. I felt it was time for me to elsewhere to show what I can do.”

Fryers failed to make a league appearance for Maurico Pochettino’s men this season - and was not even included in the matchday squads for Tottenham’s three Premier League games.

“I felt like I wasn’t going to be part of the setup at Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino didn’t speak to me about the plans but I wasn’t involved in the first few games.

“I had a good pre-season but I felt it was my time to move on.”

The move to Palace can only be a good thing for Fryers’ career, with him keen to play first-team football. If he can push on and regain the form that saw him touted as a star of the future, he may be able to finally live up to his potential - with Palace the beneficiaries.

The youngster will be looking to make his debut for the Eagles this weekend, as they welcome likely relegation strugglers Burnley to Selhurst Park.

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