Jermaine Jenas says he had Leeds offer, explains why he joined Newcastle

Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas joined Newcastle United from Nottingham Forest in 2002 despite having offers from Leeds United and Manchester United.

Jermaine Jenas has explained in his Eurosport column why he snubbed Manchester United and Leeds United for Newcastle United.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has been without a club since the end of the 2013-14 season, moved to Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in February 2002.

Jenas has revealed that he could have switched to Leeds or United instead of to the Magpies all those years ago.

The Englishman has also explained why he choose to join Newcastle, then managed by the late Sir Bobby Robson.

“When Forest manager Paul Hart called me into his office when I was 18, he told me that Leeds and Newcastle had made £5m bids for me and Man Utd had bid £2m - United's offer was lower because Alex Ferguson had apparently said playing for the club was "an honour,” Jenas wrote in his Eurosport column.

“I got the feeling I'd have to wait for my chance at Man Utd, but Newcastle was different. Sir Bobby told me, ‘You'll be playing, son. I need you. I want you starting,’ and that resonated.

“Man Utd were the more glamorous option, and even now some people might say I should have gone to Old Trafford and given it a go, but I still believe I made the right decision. I went to Newcastle, started matches and within a year I was playing for England.”

United are still the more glamorous option and are a much bigger club than Leeds and Newcastle.

In fact, the Red Devils are the biggest club in the world along with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

However, competition for places at Old Trafford is fierce, and there is not enough room for youngsters unless they are exceptionally talented.

Jenas could have won loads of trophies had he choose United, but he probably would not have played as much as he did at Newcastle and subsequently Tottenham Hotspur.

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