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Darren Fletcher signs new deal with Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has signed a new four-year contract.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has signed a new four-year contract. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United that will keep him at the club through the 2014-2015 season. The 27 year-old Scot first joined the club as a 15 year-old trainee and he has since gone on to make 288 appearances for United's first-team. Since making his debut in a Champions League clash versus FC Basel in March 2003, Fletcher has won the UEFA Champions League, three Barclays Premier titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups, and the FIFA World Cup. He is also the current captain of Scotland's national team. 

The versatile Fletcher joins central midfielders Anderson and Michael Carrick in penning new long-term deals this season. With Paul Scholes yet to announce whether he will retire or not at season's end, United has solidified their future depth in the central part of the pitch for years to come. However, reinforcements are likely still needed in the central midfield over the upcoming summer in order for United to compete for trophies. 

Quotes from Fletcher and Sir Alex Ferguson after the jump...

Quotes provided from the club on Fletcher's new deal:

Ferguson: "Darren has been at the club since he was 15. I am extremely proud that he came through the ranks of our youth academy and am delighted Darren has signed a new contract. He has developed into a top-class midfielder."

Fletcher: "I take great pride in playing for Manchester United. I have won many trophies in my years playing here and I am looking forward to winning many more in the seasons to come. I would like to thank everyone at the club."