Darren Fletcher will be moving to Stoke City from West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer after agreeing on a two-year contract.
Since he left Man Utd back in 2015, Fletcher played in 97 games for the Baggies, scoring 6 goals for his side. His 29-month spell for this club gave him loads of first team opportunities, which he missed back at his former club.
Speaking to Stoke City’s media team, the club website quoted Fletcher as saying: “It’s all happened incredibly quickly, but I am delighted to be here.”
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) June 1, 2017
“This is a fantastic club with a top manager and a great group of players and I am really looking forward to this opportunity.
“I loved every moment of my time at West Bromwich Albion and I loved every moment of my time with Manchester United, but this is a new challenge for me now, and I like to think I respond well to new challenges.”
The Potters’ gaffer, Mark Hughes, has good confidence over Fletcher, as he said: “He (Fletcher) has shown over the past two seasons that his qualities and appetite for the game haven’t diminished in any way, and I believe that his experience and leadership qualities will significantly enhance us.”
The midfielder is Mark Hughes’ first signing this transfer season, and he would be joining the club after 1st of July, when his contract with West brom officially ends.
The 33-year-old is all set to face England’s National side in the FIFA World Cup qualifier next week, and despite his age, he remains a strong player in Scotland National team’s main squad.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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