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Kuszczak: 'I'm a United slave'

TOMASZ Kuszczak has claimed he has been treated like a "slave" by Manchester United after a proposed loan move to Leeds was blocked.

The Poland international, 29, was keen to join the Championship side on a deal until January to keep himself in national coach Franciszek Smuda's thoughts ahead of next summer's European Championships, which his country will co-host with Ukraine.

Kuszczak said: "I've become a slave to Manchester.

"I've talked to Ferguson recently. I asked him to let me leave the club now, before the January transfer window.

"I told him I want to play and get back into the national team because Euro 2012 is just around the corner -- but it seems he doesn't care. The possibility of a two-month loan to Leeds United came up two weeks later. The club blocked it.

"It was a glimmer of hope for me. It would have reminded the Poland manager about me -- but I didn't get the club's approval.

"I have respect for Ferguson because, for me, he's a great manager, but I hope he will let me go in January."