Schwarzer in Fulham ultimatum

Fulham's Mark SchwarzerMark Schwarzer claims he must be the number one goalkeeper at Fulham next season if he is to sign a new contract at the club.

The 40-year-old Australian international goalkeeper will be out of contract at Craven Cottage at the end of next month, but has contradicted boss Martin Jol’s claims that a new contract offer is on the table waiting to be signed.

Schwarzer said: “I am out of contract and as of yet I have had no official offer of a new deal, contrary to reports.

“I still want to play in the Premier League and still believe I have the ability to do it.”

And, while the former Middlesbrough custodian would be open to staying with the west Londoners, he also insisted that he wants to be the first-choice keeper in order to fulfil his ambition of playing for his country at next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

He added: “The bottom line is I have to find a club that believe in my ability as a goalkeeper. I still have the hunger to play at the highest level and I want to go to another World Cup.

“If that means I need to go elsewhere then I will move elsewhere.”

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