Ravel Morrison has told The Sun that whilst he had offers from Newcastle United, Manchester United rejected any bids to let him leave the club.
Morrison, 22, was one of the more controversial figures in English football during his time with both Manchester United and West Ham United, with off-field matters overshadowing his talent on the field.
The Manchester-born playmaker was seen as the next big thing at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils eventually gave up on him, selling him to West Ham United in January 2012.
Yet now, Morrison has claimed to The Sun that things could have been so different, as not only did he only ask for a loan exit and not a permanent departure, but United also turned down offers from Newcastle United, with Morrison refusing to sign a new contract.
"It was never about money for me — because all I wanted to do was play football at first-team level," said Morrison. "To break into the Manchester United team at that time, with the players they had, was going to be too hard. I did ask for a loan but they wouldn’t send me out until I signed a new deal — and they turned down offers from Newcastle.
"The demands were not from me. I never once said, ‘I want this or that’. I was just 17 and it was my former representative who was speaking to United. It wasn’t just my wage he was negotiating but what he was going to get out of it himself," he added.
Morrison has flashed ability during spells with West Ham, Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers, but he could never settle down in England, and he took the bold step to leave the country over the summer, joining Italian side Lazio.
Now, Morrison will be hoping to get his career back on track in the Italian capital, but Newcastle may well believe that they dodged a bullet by not being able to sign Morrison, given the midfielder's career trajectory since leaving Manchester United almost four years ago.