Lucas Radebe has announced that he has rejected a move from Leeds United to Manchester United because he felt loyal to the club where he was "very loved".
Elland Road's former cult hero, who joined White in 1994 and spent over a decade with them before retiring in 2005, has made his mark as one of the best overseas players in his Premier League history.
His form in Leeds meant that Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson hoped to add him to the list of players who had crossed the pennines to join the Red Devils just so The Chief could stay in West Yorkshire.
Now the 50-year-old has opened the lid in talks with Soccer Laduma Radio, why he refused to change to the then English and European champion testimony to the culture of the club.
"When I was in Leeds for the first time, I appreciated the chance to play in the Premier League, even though they stayed in the lower half," he said.
"For me, that's one of the things that drove me to stay in the club because I felt very loved there because they took care of me.
"It's about loyalty, I think if I had gone to Manchester United at the time, I would not have grown as well as in Leeds and leave the impression I made.
"I might have been one of the squad members, but for me it's about culture.
"Leeds United itself is a huge club, and I think we've moved the club to a place it has never been before, like in the Champions League semi-final, and it was just great to be in those glory days on Elland Road spend."
"I felt like I belonged to Leeds United."
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