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Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen says he has not given up hope of keeping Dimitar Berbatov at Fulham.

The Bulgarian striker has been linked with a move across London to Arsenal in the transfer window and was left out of the Cottagers’ FA Cup third round clash with Norwich.

Asked if he was resigned to losing Berbatov, Fulham manager Meulensteen said: “No, I am not resigned to anything.

“You can only resign to something when things happen and at this moment in time it hasn’t. He is a Fulham player and a very important one for us.

“We would lose quality, experience, that special aspect that makes him stand out from the others.

“He can do things, turn things on, pull things out of the hat. He is an exceptional player.”