Darren Fletcher confirms Celtic transfer interest, admits he welcomed it

Darren Fletcher

West Brom star and former Manchester United midfielder has admitted Celtic made an approach for him.

West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher has confirmed there was interest from Celtic during the transfer window, report the Scottish Sun.

The veteran sealed a deadline day switch to the Baggies from Manchester United but had been linked in mid-January by The Scotsman with a move to SPL champions Celtic.

The Scottish international captain said that a desire to stay in the English Premier League was the reason he chose West Brom, along with his new side making a firmer move, but admits he welcomed the interest from Celtic and would be keen to see how his options develop in the future.

He said: "Celtic is a great club and I have tremendous respect for the people there — I was so grateful when they showed an interest in me. I’m relishing the challenge of helping West Brom stay up and that was always my first option.

They’re all fantastic people and have always made me feel welcome whenever I’ve wanted to come up to watch games. It just never reached the stage where there were any serious negotiations. Who knows what the future holds?"

Fletcher is still only 31-years-old, and it's likely Celtic will get another run at him in the future. Fletcher signed a three-and-a-half year deal at West Brom, but he clearly feels the Scottish champions are an attractive destination, and they would have to be high on his list should he feel the need to move on eventually.

As long as the midfielder feels he is capable of playing in England, his comments suggest he will be happy to continue at West Brom while he is contributing, but if he sees himself letting his team down or unable to hold down a first team place, it could quickly change.

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