Roy Hodgson insists Fulham have no intention of selling Jimmy Bullard despite refusing fresh contract talks.
The influential midfielder helped keep the West Londoners in The Premier League on his return from a serious knee injury and has been linked with moves to Wigan and Everton.
Bullard’s deal runs for another two seasons and Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed’s current stance is to only offer new contracts to players who enter the last year of their agreement.
“We have no intention of selling him, no desire to sell him, that’s for certain,” stated Hodgson. “We’d like Jimmy to stay. I believe, at the moment, most people understand the chairman’s view on this. Given the amount of money he’s given to me to spend on new players, he’s reluctant to immediately start re-signing contracts that still have two years to go.
“Jimmy understands that and also understands we want to keep him. Like every player as their contract comes to a conclusion, I’m sure we will be looking into it then.”
“But not this summer. Jimmy has been told the club is not prepared to renegotiate contracts which have two years to run. We will, of course, renegotiate contracts with one year to run.”