Fulham Open Contract Talks With Steve Sidwell

Cottagers look to extend midfielder’s stay in west London.

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Fulham have confirmed that they have opened talks with midfielder Steve Sidwell over a new contract to keep him at the club, Sky Sports reports.

Sidwell’s current deal expires at the end of the season meaning that he would be allowed to leave on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old, who scored in last weekend’s draw with West Brom, has established himself as a key player since arriving from Aston Villa in January 2011 and now the Cottagers hope to be able to keep him on board for even longer.

Fulham boss Martin Jol is a big fan of Sidwell and is hopeful he is will sign a new contract.

“He’s done well,” Jol told the Fulham Chronicle. “We’re talking to him to extend his contract.

“I think he wants to stay.”

Sidwell made 33 of his 78 appearance for the club last season, scoring four goals. The move to west London’s second club represented a chance for the former England under-21 international to settle down after several years in the wilderness at Chelsea and Aston Villa.

After establishing himself at Reading as a future Premier League star during their first spell in the top flight he left for Stamford Bridge, but failed to impose himself in the squad before making his way up to Birmingham to fall foul of Martin O’Neill’s strict no rotation policy.

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