Martin Jol denies Zamora spat

Fulham manager Martin Jol has denied rumours that he has fallen out with Bobby Zamora, and stated that the striker is part of his future plans.

The England international was left out of The Cottagers’ squad for the 2-0 defeat to Swansea at the weekend, sparking speculation that he could be on his way out of the club.

Jol has claimed that the reason behind this was merely squad rotation, and that Zamora is happy at Fulham.

“I said to him a few weeks ago: ‘Do you love this club?’ and he said: ‘Yeah, I love this club, I love this team,'” Jol told reporters.

“I don’t think there is any problem. I think the grass is always greener but it is not only for him.

“There are always players in a squad of 24 or 25 players that look at other clubs, but this is a great club. There is not one player that has told me he does not want to play for this squad.

“I feel if you look at the media, they started this Bobby thing in August. There are a few youngsters that tell me they should be playing and are not playing all the time, but Bobby is totally different.

“I wanted a good atmosphere and a good team that pushes each other so I thought last weekend it was time for Andy Johnson to play because he has scored goals. He had good games and worked hard in training so that was the motivation,” he concluded.

Zamora is back in the Fulham squad for Wednesday night’s Europa League clash with Odense, in which Jol’s men need three points to secure progression to the knockout rounds.

By Gareth McKnight