Fulham Defender Wants Mark Schwarzer Stay

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Riise hopes veteran ‘keeper sticks around.

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Fulham defender John Arne Riise is urging veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to stay at the club and sign a new deal, according to Sky Sports.

The 40-year-old is out of contract at Craven Cottage next month and is said to be weighing up his options as he fears that he will only play a peripheral role next term as the club have been linked with a move for Roma’s Maarten Stekelenburg.

The former Australian international was the second oldest player in the top flight last season behind his American counterpart Brad Friedel. He made 36 appearances as the side managed to only finish in 12th place following a disappointing campaign.

However, his defensive teammate, John Arne Riise, believes that he will still be just as strong next season and has urged him to give it one more year.

“I hope Mark stays,” Riise said.

“He’s kept us in a few games and did that against Swansea [Fulham’s last game of the season].

“For half an hour we were forced to defend but he kept us in it and we scored a few more goals.”

Schwarzer has made 172 Premier League appearances for the west London club since his move from Middlesbrough in 2008.

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