Meulensteen feels Berbatov warming to Fulham stay

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is growing confident of keeping hold of Dimitar Berbatov.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is growing confident of keeping hold of Dimitar Berbatov.

Newcastle United and Turkish side Trabzonspor have been linked with a swoop for the 32-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Meulensteen said: “We know each other quite well, which makes a difference. I’m not a stranger to him and he knows the outlook I have on playing football, which I think he buys into.

“We’ve spent a lot of time together on the training pitch and you strike up a different sort of relationship with a coach than you do as a manager.

“If you’re a coach you’re easier to speak to, where as managers are the ones making the decisions.

“I’ve had a chat with him and I know he’s committed to this club and the games we have in front of us. Looking at the performances he’s been excellent for us.”

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