Mandic: We could have made more
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With the row between Leeds and the agent set to rumble on, Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry again denied McKenzie's assertion that they had verbally agreed a £7 million fee, and Mandic explained that he had a vested interest in increasing the fee, not cutting it back.
"I've had another letter which I wasn't going to bring out, but if Leeds want to continue with this path then I will," Mandic told Skysports.
"[The letter states] 50 percent of anything over and above £5 million would go to my company, and, if that happened, my boss would give me a much more handsome bonus!
"He did not want to go to another club, although I would have loved to have seen the deal go to £8 or £9 million.
"Despite the best efforts of certain people at Leeds, we made sure we had the driving seat.
"At the so-called behest of Leeds, agents were offering him everywhere - this continued from January and after Mr McKenzie took charge - he [Kewell] was being forced out and was never offered a new contract.
"I feel for the Leeds fans, but what am I meant to do?
"As Rick Parry pointed out - Leeds chose the wrong path - they went with the wrong agents, big mistake, and I have no qualms about what has happened.
"No other payments were made, and I'm sure Liverpool would welcome any enquiry into this."
With Leeds also producing a letter, from Mandic to the club, outlining that the player would only sign a new contract if he could leave at any time and his agents receive half of the fee, it seems likely that the row will rumble on.
Liverpool's chief executive added to the pressure on McKenzie by denying his claim that a verbal agreement for £7 million had been found.
"We have enjoyed a good relationship with Leeds and the dialogue we have had has been straightforward," said Parry.
"The money has been straight-forward and any inference to the contrary is completely without foundation.
"I am not sure I want to get drawn into a slanging match with Professor McKenzie, but we did not make an offer of £7 million on July 4.
"I would like to emphasise the positives of this deal, make no mistake Harry has not come for money, he has turned down some massive offers.
"Once Harry made his decision, he has stuck with that and he has never changed the deal - it is very positive.
"In reality the dialogue has been straight-forward as they always are.
"At the end of the day they take what we offer, which they did, or keep him for six months and then lose him.
"Harry wanted to come to Liverpool, he did not want to go anywhere else, he believed in Gerard."