Chris Coleman has warned midfielder Claus Jensen that he is playing for his Fulham future.
The Danish international encouraged the Fulham boss to explain his thinking during the international break after Jensen voiced frustration at making just one first-team appearance all season. Coleman says that the 29 year-old needs to prove his form and fitness before the club can make a decision over his future, with the former Charlton playmaker in the final year of his contract at Craven Cottage.
Coleman said: “We’ve not seen the best of Claus. When we signed him we had great hopes for him, I was always a big admirer of his and I still am. Claus was going to be integral to our formation and to the way we wanted to play. But he was unlucky because he played a few games and made a few goals, only to get injured. He’s been battling injury ever since.
“He’s a quality player. He’s saying he’s now ready to play the full 90 minutes. When he gets his chance, and that will come sooner or later, it’s up to him to prove it. His contract is up this season and it depends how well he does on what happens next. That’s our point of view but he may have a different idea.
“We’ve had one or two discussions with Claus about his future. I talked to him at the end of last season and told him we were signing Jimmy Bullard, who was going to be number one. That put Claus out of the starting XI. He was fine with that. But I also told him if his performances were fantastic then that can change. He knew where we were coming from and it’s been a bit frustrating for him because he hasn’t had a look in yet.”