Gartenmann rejects Fulham move

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FC Roskilde defender Stefan Gartenmann turns down a move to Fulham to join Heerenveen.

FC Roskilde defender Stefan Gartenmann has revealed that he turned down the chance to join Fulham because he did not believe that they were interested in 'developing him as a person'.

The Denmark Under-16 international, who is regarded as one of the best young talents in European football, has since agreed to join Dutch outfit Heerenveen.

"I don't mind the competition for places but I felt that Heerenveen were more interested in developing me as a person as opposed to Fulham where I felt like just another name in the bunch," Gartenmann told BT.

"The fact that the road to first-team football is shorter in Heerenveen had a lot of weight to it and their youth setup is also very competitive. So I'll be training with some of the best young talent on a daily basis."

A host of European clubs were also believed to be monitoring proceedings.

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