Fergie and Stam bury the hatchet
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson and Jaap Stam have shaken hands to mark the end of their feud.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Jaap Stam have publicly stated that their explosive feud stemming from the player's sale in 2001 is now water under the bridge.
The Dutchman, a stalwart of the Manchester United side that won the European Cup in 1999, was sensationally sold to Lazio five years ago after falling foul of the legendary Scottish boss.
At the time Stam revealed in his autobiography that Ferguson approached him in dubious circumstances whilst he was still under contract at former club PSV Eindhoven, and he was subsequently rushed out of Old Trafford in a £16 million move to the Italian side which left scars on both parties.
However, with the two meeting face-to-face in Amsterdam for an upcoming pre-season tournament, both men have shaken hands and declared that there are no hard feelings on either side.
Sitting six feet away from his former charge at a press conference, Ferguson addressed awkward questions about why he disposed of a player who at the time was one of the globe's best defenders.
"He was a great player for me, won the European cup with me, what can I say?" said Ferguson.
"Business is business, sometimes you get an offer you can't refuse and that's the way we felt about it, nothing else."
Stam also claimed he has no residual anger from the controversial events of five years previous, stating that such disagreements are part of the game.
"I saw the boss an hour ago, we shook hands," said Stam.
"It's normal you know, everyone is discussing about this but that's how it goes in football.
"Sometimes you do well at a club and then after a couple of years you go and play for another team. No [hard feelings]."