Friday 17 November 2017

Jol denies Zamora has asked for a transfer

FULHAM manager Martin Jol has played down speculation linking Bobby Zamora with a January move away from the club.

The England international was recalled after an Achilles injury for yesterday's last-gasp 2-1 defeat of 10-man Arsenal at Craven Cottage.

Zamora scored the all-important goal in stoppage time to put him in the headlines for the right reasons.

The 30-year-old's relationship with Jol has been the subject of increasing scrutiny over recent months, but the Dutchman yesterday rejected such talk.

"It's always the same," Jol said. "If you are number nine at any club and can make the difference, I'm very happy.

"I love my players, especially when they score goals.

Zamora has been linked with a January move away from Craven Cottage, with QPR, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Bolton all mooted as potential destinations.

Asked whether the striker would leave this month, Jol said: "He has never asked me for a transfer request."

Yesterday's result was the first time former Tottenham boss Jol has got the better of Wenger, who was riled by the manner of the defeat.

The Frenchman was angered by referee Lee Probert's performance, arguing that neither of the bookings that led to Johan Djourou's sending-off were right and felt his side should have been awarded a penalty.

Wenger also apportioned some blame on Fulham, whom he claimed had attempted to get the defender sent off.

"When Djourou got the first card, every time he intervened they went down to get him a second yellow and he did nothing at all," Wenger said.

"I saw it coming, you know. When they brought on (Kerim) Frei they looked for a second yellow card on Djourou and they got it."

He added: "I do not need to make stories for newspapers. I tell you the game I have seen. I don't care about the rest.

"I just felt that every time Djourou was on the fringe to get the second ... you can watch the game (again)."

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