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29/10/2008 10:10

Papers: Fletch was off

Fletcher Wanted To Quit
Sir Alex Ferguson had to talk midfielder Darren Fletcher out of quitting Manchester United. Fletcher, 24, has been one of the Red Devils’ unsung heroes over the last year. But the Scotland captain still felt he was not getting enough football, despite coming up through the Old Trafford ranks as a trainee, and was ready to move in the summer. Ferguson said: “Fletcher signing a new contract has probably been the relief of the season for us because there were a lot of clubs trying to buy him. He had just one year left on his deal and he wanted more football than he got last season. I said to him ‘Look, you were brought up at this club, you’ve got to recognise we played you in all the big games last season until you got injured in February’. That injury kept him out for four or five weeks but he then came back and played in some more big ones, Chelsea away and Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final at home. Darren played in all the big games and I think that convinced him to stay. Now, with the injuries we’ve had, we’re seeing he’s such an important player for us. He’s developing and improving his game and taking it to a new level.”
Neil Custis, The Sun

While Fletcher has committed his future to the Reds, two United fringe players have been linked with moves away. The Daily Mirror claims Tottenham will try to sign Ben Foster on loan for the remainder of the season, while West Brom are apparently mulling over a move for Manucho.

Sir Alex Ferguson's in-depth interview with GQ, which provided plenty of yesterday's headlines, has clearly irked ex-Red Gabriel Heinze. The Argentine has described Sir Alex's suggestion that Real Madrid signed him in a bid to lure close friend Cristiano Ronaldo as 'a work of absolute fiction.'

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