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Chris Coleman has blasted wantaway forward Steve Marlet for misleading Fulham about his intentions at the start of the new season.

The Fulham boss believed he had ensured that Marlet would remain part of his first-team squad after holding talks with the French striker after he had returned from international duty. Just three hours later, Coleman took a phone call from Marlet to tell him that he had changed his mind.

Fulham released an official statement that indicated their own unhappiness at the situation with the club’s record signing now demanding to be allowed to join Marseille.

On Thursday 21 August Chris Coleman and the Directors of Fulham FC were delighted to be in a position to announce that Steve Marlet had told the Manager that he was happy to remain a Fulham player; regardless of the media speculation that had gathered momentum during his international appearance for France against Switzerland on Wednesday.

Subsequent to the statements made by Marlet himself to the Manager on Thursday, Steve has today declared his desire to leave Fulham FC much to the surprise of Chris Coleman, given the nature of previous conversations, and is discussing future prospects with other clubs.

French First Division Club Marseille has expressed an interest in a loan deal with the player which had been discussed by both clubs prior to the recent speculation. Marlet is now insisting that due to personal reasons he would rather not remain a Fulham player and is expressing his desire to leave FFC to join Marseille.

It is a great disappointment that Steve has made this choice and the Chairman and Director’s remain perplexed as to what the player’s motivations are behind his conclusion. The Chairman and other board members called Steve personally to ensure him that he was wanted at the Club, and Chris Coleman himself went on record backing the player’s ability and his future at Fulham. It is with great regret that we make this announcement.

Chris Coleman said:

‘I am more than unhappy with Steve’s decision especially as he had told me that he was staying. However, this is football and it is simply what happens, so I will not take it personally or become too disheartened by its outcome. I have a great squad of committed players and would rather know that every one of them plays for the club, rather than to have someone who plays for me that doesn’t want to be here.’