Martin Jol wants to keep Dempsey

Clint Dempsey, Fulham forwardFulham manager Martin Jol has stated that he has no problem with wantaway forward Clint Dempsey, and would love to keep him at the club.

The United States international covets a move away from the Craven Cottage outfit, with Liverpool thought to be interested in the skilful forward.

Despite Fulham lodging an official complaint to the FA over Brendan Rodgers’ conduct in regards to the player, Jol has stated that he would have no problems with the player should he return to the fold with the Cottagers.

“Mentally Clint wants to move, he doesn’t want to stay here. His head was turned and that was the problem,” Sky Sports report the Dutch trainer as saying.

“It’s a problem and a situation you don’t want. It’s not something you can talk to a player about every day because he doesn’t want to.

“I don’t know if he’ll remain a Fulham player. I’d love to keep him, but I’m not sure.

“Hopefully if he stays, then in the next couple of weeks he will change his thoughts about us.

“With me there’s no problem and I don’t think there’s a problem within the team over him,” he concluded.

Dempsey was not part of the Fulham squad that beat Norwich 5-0 on the opening day of the season.

By Gareth McKnight