Fleck was always going to stay at Sheffield United despite Wilder admitting there was interest
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Fleck was always going to stay at Sheffield United despite Wilder admitting there was interest

John Fleck says that he was always going to sign a new contract at Sheffield United.

Fleck extended his stay at Bramall Lane until 2023 last month when he put pen to paper on a new deal.

The midfielder has been one of the standout players for the Blades in what has been an impressive first season back in the Premier League.

Fleck has scored five goals and provided two assists so far in the league in 2019/20.

“It was always going to be signed, it was just about finding the right time and the right moment and thankfully that’s done,” Fleck told UTB, as quoted by Yorkshire Live.

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“I think that we all know it is the right place to be, under the right manager. The club is only going one way, and that’s forward.”

“Every single player who has played here, even those who have left, will look back with great memories. It is the group which makes this a special place. It is an amazing club and it is one that I always wanted to be part of going forward.”

There were concerns Fleck could leave Sheffield United

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Before the Scotland international committed his future to United, there were rumours he could leave the club.

Manager Chris Wilder admitted at the beginning of March that there was genuine interest in Fleck.

“He’s been wanted elsewhere but he doesn’t want to go elsewhere,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.

“And I don’t believe any of the lads want to. Why would you?

“John’s integral to what we’re doing here. He’s been outstanding too.”

Wilder obviously didn’t elaborate, although there were reports Arsenal were interested in a £20m move for the 28-year-old.

It is testament to the Blades and their boss that players are being linked with high profile transfers. It’s even better that they instead choose to stay.

The 1-0 victory over Norwich City at the weekend moved United back up to seventh in the table. They also have a game in hand over those teams directly above them.

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