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16/07/2012 09:22

Papers: Giggs backs Fletch

The Daily Mail writes…

Fletcher would have made GB squad
Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United team-mate Darren Fletcher would have been a major contender for Team GB had it not been for the chronic bowel condition that threatens his career. No Scotland player has been included in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad, which instead is made up of Englishmen, with the addition of five from Wales. Giggs is one of that number, as is another overage player, Craig Bellamy. But Giggs feels Fletcher would have been in with a chance too had he now not been fighting a far more serious battle, having failed to make his anticipated return to training after taking an indefinite break from the game last December. "Fletch is concentrating on trying to get fit for United so I don't think he would have been thinking too much about missing out on this," said Giggs. "Hopefully he will just start training and playing again because he is a talent and a really important player for both United and Scotland. But I'm sure if he had been playing regularly then Stuart (Pearce) would have had a decision to make because he definitely would have been in the reckoning."

There is widespread coverage of quotes attributed to Dimitar Berbatov in which the United striker appears to hint his Old Trafford career may be coming to an end. "The truth is, I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing," Dimi says in a post on his official Facebook page.

Berbatov is one of 22 players in the travelling squad for the DHL pre-season tour, with winger Bebe’s inclusion also making the headlines.

Meanwhile, Ji-sung Park has declared QPR are now famous in Korea following his move from United to the west London club.

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