Fulham chief hints at striker exit

Mladen PetricMartin Jol has confirmed that Mladen Petric could leave Fulham in the summer as he is unhappy at his lack of first-team action.

The 32-year-old Croatian has managed an impressive five goals in just nine Premier League starts for the Cottagers this season since joining on a Bosman free transfer last summer when his contract with German side Hamburg expired.

Petric’s 12-month deal at Craven Cottage will expire at the end of June and it seems that he is looking at a next career move, with Jol revealing that he wants to play more first team football.

The Dutch tactician can’t guarantee that his situation will improve next term because he wants to stick with Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz as his first-choice strike partnership. Therefore it is likely that Petric will move on to pastures new when the transfer window reopens for business.

“Petric is one who could make his mind up himself because as long as Berbatov was here, there is not a big role for him to play,” said Jol in the Chronicle.
“The only thing is if you see his minutes he is very productive.

“He has said that he needs to play, which is what they all say. And if he needs to play, I’m not sure he will stay here.

“The other thing is my first combination is Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz.”

The only glimmer of hope for Petric is that Berbatov’s agent admitted that the player could be tempted to join big-spending Russian side Zenit St Petersburg this summer which would then leave a void in the Fulham strike-force for him to fill if the Bulgarian was allowed to leave.

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