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Schwarzer to leave Fulham after Stekelenburg signing

(AFP) Thursday 6 June 2013
Schwarzer to leave Fulham after Stekelenburg signing

Veteran Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says he will leave Fulham after the Premier League club signed Dutch international Maarten Stekelenburg.

Schwarzer, 40, who pulled off some key saves in Australia's 1-1 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifying draw with Japan this week, is out of contract next month.

He wanted to stay at the London side to ensure top-level football in the run-up to Brazil 2014, but Stekelenburg's signing on Wednesday apparently convinced him it was time to move.

"That's what I've heard (Stekelenburg's signing) and I've been hearing that for a while so it's no great surprise and I'll be looking for another club," he told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

"Nothing has been sorted at the moment, the Japan game was the most important thing on the agenda so I'm worried about the Australia games now."

Asked if Australia's A-League was an option, he said: "Not at this stage, no. My family's settled and the kids are in school and I wouldn't (move) my family anyway.

"And when you talk about the length of season it's never ideal when it finishes in April, so as far as I'm concerned I'll try and stay in Europe for as long as possible and England would be ideal."

Stekelenburg, who has won 54 caps for the Netherlands, joined Fulham from Italian side Roma on a four-year contract.

The 30-year-old becomes Fulham's fourth signing of the close season, following earlier moves for German full-back Sascha Riether, Ghanaian midfielder Derek Boateng, and Venezuelan defender Fernando Amorebieta.

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19illmatic13
19illmatic13 (USA)
07/06/2013 at 01:55
As soon as I heard the news that Stekelenburg had sign with Fulham I thought about what was going to happen to Schwarzer
lehendur
lehendur (USA)
06/06/2013 at 08:03
Wenger has to act fast and get him to Arsenal. He would be a perfect goalie for us. If I remember correctly we close signing him a couple of years back too.
TheMindGame
TheMindGame (Great Britain)
06/06/2013 at 06:22
Mark Schwartzer is playing so well at the moment. In the last EPL match of the season against Swansea he was voted man of the match in a tremendous display. Plus he performed heroically against Japan on Tuesday. I have never liked Martin Jol the Fulham manager, he doesn't know the meaning of the word loyalty. The Fulham players don't like him.
eesterbauer
eesterbauer (Australia)
06/06/2013 at 05:20
Given that a couple of years ago Fulham wouldn't let Mark Schwartzer transfer to Arsenal, I think he may be feeling a little upset. It seems Fulham has no loyalty to its players and treats them like chattel which Stekelenburg may soon find out.