Claus Jensen has left Fulham claiming his future at Craven Cottage was doomed by manager Lawrie Sanchez’s long-ball tactics.
Fulham offered Jensen a one-year contract extension in December but the Denmark midfielder refused to sign and the new deal has been withdrawn, making him a free agent this summer.
The 30-year-old insists he knew his time was finally up when Sanchez’s appointment as caretaker-boss was made permanent.
‘I didn’t see a future for me at the club. The way Lawrie Sanchez wants to play doesn’t appeal,’ he said.
‘The long-ball game has been pretty much what we’ve been doing and that isn’t my kind of football.’
Jensen joined Fulham from Charlton for £1.25million but his three years in west London have been ravaged by injury.
He made just 10 starts this season and insists he was under-used after battling back to full fitness – although he admits his decision to stall on signing the new contract did not help his cause.
‘This year has been more a case of me getting back to fitness after having nearly two seasons out and I’ve done that quite successfully,’ he said. ‘The problem is none of the managers at Fulham chose to play me. ‘I felt I had a really good period playing good football, so I was a bit surprised to see when I came back I was number 35 in the squad.
‘They didn’t see me for the long-term. The spring was particularly frustrating because things weren’t going well on the pitch and I wanted to help out because I felt I had something to offer. Obviously I’m at fault a little bit because I didn’t sign the new deal in December. I didn’t feel I was ready to re-sign for a lot of different reasons and that played a part in the manager not picking me.’