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Fulham boss confirms Stekelenburg first choice keeper at Stockdale expense

Fulham boss Martin Jol has clarified that Maarten Stekelenburg is the Cottagers first-choice keeper. Jol signed Stekelenburg for £4.8million on a four-year deal from Roma in the summer, but David Stockdale recently deputised when the Holland international was injured.

Jol told the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle: "Maarten came to us and we paid more money for him than for other players, beside Bryan Ruiz a couple of years ago.

"I didn't buy him to be on the bench, you know what I mean?

"He did very well when he started, saved a couple of points against Sunderland.

"Stockdale did well, but Maarten was fit for the last two weeks and showed that he was fit and that he could play again.

"I asked him if he could play and he said 'yes'. I had a little word with Stockdale and of course he isn't pleased but that is the decision I made."

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