Fulham open Clint Dempsey contract talks

Clint Dempsey
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Fulham open contract talks with American midfielder Clint Dempsey over a new three-year deal.

Fulham have opened contract talks with American midfielder Clint Dempsey.

The 29-year-old, who is the club's top scorer with 18 goals this season, is out of contract next year.

However, manager Martin Jol is hoping to tie the player down to a new three-year deal.

"We are talking to him," said Jol. "At any club, you want to keep your best players so that is what we try hard to do.

"If Clint Dempsey weren't here, we wouldn't be in this position because we have had to rely on him a lot of times to score goals.

"He is here for at least another year, so that is not a big problem. The problem is that we want to keep him here for longer. But the difference is not very big. He has 17 months left and we want to keep him here for the next three years."

The Cottagers, who are currently eighth in the Premier League table, travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.

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