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Magath slimming down Fulham squad

Fulham boss Felix Magath admits he's jettisoning his fringe players.

The impression Magath gave was that he would rely primarily on players who knew and understood the Premier League.

He said: "I have to cut down the number of players in the team [squad] because we have to concentrate and get together.

"If we have too many players, we have too many influences. Sorry for that but it is the only way to concentrate, to focus on the next game. If the player has not been here long enough to accept the English way of playing English football, I cannot use him.

"Every manager tells you every time, it is the biggest challenge. We will have a chance if every player helps each other. I am proud to be here but I am a little bit afraid of not being able to stay in the Premier League. I know what I want to do and am convinced we can avoid relegation."

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