Sidwell is one of very few Fulham players who can come out of this season with any real credit and relegation could be on the cards should they fail to beat Everton at Craven Cottage today.
The former Chelsea and Arsenal man is as desperate as anyone to keep the Cottagers in the top flight, being born down the road from the club.
Sidwell’s current deal is up at the end of the season and the midfielder knows that he is playing for a new contract every time he goes onto the pitch.
“I can’t contemplate life outside the Premier League.
“I started my career at Arsenal then took a few steps down the ladder to come back up. I played in the Championship for many years and know it is a tough, tough league to get out of. We don’t want to be in that situation.
“I said in a meeting to the lads: ‘It is not just about the Fulham badge any more, it is about the badge on the sleeve. It is not just you that wears it but other people who take pride in it’.
“There is no progress with my contract at the moment, which makes it even harder.
“I am obviously giving my all and hopefully showing the club what I am worth. I love it here. I was born not far from the training ground and all my family are around the area.
“When we finish playing football, the foreign lads can go back to their own countries but I will always be based around here. So if we go down it will always be me associated with it.”