Mark Schwarzer keeps Jol waiting

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)Mark Schwarzer has still not responded to the offer of a new contract to keep him at Fulham next season, according to Martin Jol.

The Cottagers boss has been heavily linked with a new goalkeeper and Roma’s Netherlands international custodian Maarten Stekelenburg is the favourite to the make the move to Craven Cottage in the summer.

However, Jol is also keen to keep the 40-year-old Australian veteran on board, while current number two David Stockdale appears set to join loan side Hull City on a permanent basis if they clinch their place in the Premier League as expected.

But the Dutch tactician has admitted that Schwarzer is still dragging his heels over whether he will stay with the Cottagers because he wants to be guaranteed first-team football in order to feature in next year’s World Cup in Brazil – something which won’t happen if he stays put.

Jol said: “We made him an offer so that means we would like to keep him.”

On 27-year-old Stockdale’s future, he added: “The reality is Stockdale wants to be the number one so I’ve got a little problem and it’s a choice. Do you get him back and make him the number one or do you stick with your keeper? Schwarzer did ever so well, so it’s about making decisions.”

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