I must admit, I hadn’t heard any rumours linking Darron Gibson with a move to Fulham. Neither has he, so perhaps the Irish Examiner has some duff information.

I never heard anything. But I am really happy where I am for the minute.

For a player who has spent much of the last couple of years developing whilst on loan at Royal Antwerp, Gibson has had something of a meteoric rise this season. He was a regular in the successful League Cup campaign and started the final against Tottenham and came off the bench when we were well beaten at Old Trafford in February.

The midfielder probably owes his increased playing time to Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who picked him for two games against Cyprus and Poland. Gibson impressed but has had to bide his time of late as Glenn Whelan and Keith Andrews have taken their chance in midfield. A victory today against a weakened Bulgaria side would leave the Republic in with a great chance of reaching their first major championship finals since 2002.