Robbie Fowler rejected a move to Manchester City because he wants to prove himself at Leeds United, according to the player.

Rumours emanating from Maine Road, suggest the former Liverpool striker felt insulted by an attempt by City to reduce the player’s asking price from œ7m to œ5m, because of concerns over the player’s fitness. However, Fowler is adamant that he turned down the move because he wanted to stay at Leeds.

Whatever the reason for the deal collapsing, Fowler will now be in Leeds’ squad to face West Brom, rather than as expected, lining up for Manchester City against Newcastle.

‘I just thought that I still had something to do at Leeds,’ Fowler told the Daily Mirror.

‘I hadn’t had the chance to show the fans there exactly what I can do.’

‘It’s not that Manchester City were not attractive. Kevin Keegan is a great manager and I have massive admiration for him, the chairman and the club, and it is an honour to be wanted by him.

‘But equally, Terry Venables didn’t want me to leave, and I kept thinking of that. ‘I had a medical so that shows how muchI thought of Kevin and the club. I was on the verge of signing for him.

‘But in the end, I thought and thought about it, and at that moment it just didn’t seem right. I still have a lot to do at Leeds.

‘In my mind, I want to stay at Leeds United, and now I just want to do my best for the club, go out there and show what I can do.

‘I have had great backing from the club and the fans, and I have always, always appreciated that.’