Fletcher: Rooney exit a worry

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher hopes Wayne Rooney will stay at Old Trafford - but has admitted he is worried the striker will leave.

Last Updated: 05/08/13 at 15:46 Post Comment

Darren Fletcher: Worried Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United

Darren Fletcher: Worried Wayne Rooney will leave Manchester United

The 29-year-old, who has been forced to take a break from football due to the bowel condition ulcerative colitis, has played alongside Rooney for each of the last nine seasons and rates his team-mate as 'a fantastic player'.

Fletcher has not spoken to Rooney about his future - Chelsea have had two bids for the England striker rejected by United - but admits he does not want him to leave the Premier League champions.

"You do worry he'll leave because he's a fantastic football player, but you leave that to Wayne and the club," Fletcher told Sky Sports News.

"I hope he stays because he's been a fantastic player for Manchester United, and a big part (of their success).

"In all he's achieved in the last 9/10 years since I've been in the squad, we've been in the squad together, so I hope he stays and achieves more things with Manchester United."

Fletcher also revealed that he is keen to see United transfer target Cesc Fabregas make the move to Manchester from Barcelona - but has backed new boss David Moyes to be a success no matter who the club sign this summer.

"He (Fabregas) is a fantastic player, we're always linked with great players," he added. "Whether that's going to happen or not remains to be seen, but I think it's part and parcel of being at the club. We're always going to attract and want to sign big players that will add to the fantastic squad we've already got.

"I think even if we don't sign anyone we have the capabilities and the squad to achieve the success that we want to achieve this season. You're talking about English champions so it can't be too much of a concern."

Meanwhile, Fletcher is unsure when he will return from his protracted absence having undergone numerous operations - the last of which took place in January - and been put on a strict dietary regime in a bid to correct his stomach condition.

The 29-year-old will miss the start of the season, and Fletcher admits he has no firm date pencilled in for his comeback.

Fletcher admitted: "I'm still in the hands of the surgeons at the moment - I've not actually started training yet.

"I've been doing my own little bit in the gym, which is keeping me ticking along nicely and I'm waiting for the surgeon to give me the go-ahead to join in training.

"I don't have a timescale for when I will be back playing really. Hopefully it is not going to be too far away in the distant future.

"I just need to be patient. After all I've gone through I think it's important that I'm patient. If it means a few extra weeks to get myself right, then so be it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t all started going downhill when they started putting a photo of the writer along side their story. Journalists started to think that 'they' are the story, rather than what they write. Smug, self obsessed & up their own arse's. That sums up the majority of newspaper sports reporters.

cozens
Do We Need So Much Football Media?

T

he reason so much sh*t is written about football is because there are so many people who want to read sh*t about football. Now shut up, take my money, and tell me Ronaldo is going to sign for Van Haal and that Mick McCarthy is signing Peter Crouch on loan.

hump3.
Do We Need So Much Football Media?

W

enger's delaying tactics in the transfer market creates goose pimples whenever a player is linked to Arsenal. The approach in buying players need to be changed@@#

mokaya
New striker 'on Wenger's list'

Footer 365

Louis Van Gaal vows to walk away in 2017

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is determined to win the Premier League in the next two seasons but will retire in 2017 regardless.

Sergio Romero signs for Manchester United on three-year deal

Manchester United have signed Argentina international goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a three-year contract.

Bastian Schweinsteiger fitness boost for Manchester United

Manchester United have been handed a lift on their pre-season tour with the sight of Bastian Schweinsteiger training again.

Mail Box

Only Arsenal Fans Care About Friendlies

We are not entirely surprised after Arsenal fans leapt to the defence of friendlies. We also have mails on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool and more mundane tales...

Friendlies: Still Completely Meaningless

There is sharp message for anyone thinking about getting excited about friendlies, plus worries about Wayne Rooney. Every one of you has met a bloody footballer...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company