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Meulensteen coy on Berbatov's Fulham future

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen was remaining tight-lipped on the future of star striker Dimitar Berbatov.

There are murmurings that the Bulgarian ace is keen to leave Craven Cottage in January and although Meulensteen was non-committal on any happenings, he indicated that the former Manchester United man was focused on his current role after putting in good performances in the midweek loss to Tottenham and Sunday's 2-0 win over Aston Villa in which he scored.

"I think the word is focus, anyone who has a good focus will know what the job is in hand, and you focus on the performance," said Meulensteen.

"He makes a difference. I thought he was excellent on Wednesday as well, and today again you saw what he was capable of doing.

"I just had a good chat with him, he's not a stranger to me, we know what games we have coming up all the way to January, and he's fully committed to Fulham and the games we've got ahead of us.

"I'm just focusing on the games up until January.

"I couldn't be more delighted with his performance, it shows that he cares.

"The most important thing is that the players should be delighted with themselves."

Of Berbatov's possible plans, Meulensteen again played a straight bat: "I can't, couldn't, wouldn't and don't want to answer that, it's my decision to do that with the people who are relevant to discuss these things."

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