Darren Fletcher: The message I gave to Saido Berahino following failed transfer

Saido Berahino stayed at West Brom following a failed transfer to Tottenham.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Darren Fletcher has explained the message he gave to Saido Berahino, following the collapse of his deadline day transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

Fletcher said: “While he’s here I reiterate to do your best, work as hard as you can and keep the respect of the dressing room because football’s a funny game, you never know what can happen in six months or a year down the line. So I reiterated that to him and I thought he was fantastic.”

Fletcher has years worth of experience over Berahino, and it is clear he is trying to impart some of his knowledge onto the young forward following a hard time in his career, with Spurs not willing to pay the asking price for Berahino's services.

Considering his clear desire to leave for White Hart Lane, there was always the sense that Berahino would not be accepted back into the Baggies’ fold by either players or fans, but it appears as if the situation has returned to normal.

It was the 22-year-old who netted the winner over the weekend for Tony Pulis’ side, defeating Aston Villa by a 1-0 scoreline, and he was cheered after an impressive performance in the same manner as he was last season.

Fletcher has explained that Berahino needs to keep his head down and focus upon playing football to the best of his abilities with West Brom

There is no knowing what is going to happen in a short space of time, and if Berahino continues to play well and score, Tottenham are sure to return for him, rather than choosing a different target if all the striker does for the next six months is sulk on the sidelines.

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