Fulham defender Nikolay Bodurov must return to Fulham because loan club FC Midtjylland can’t afford to keep him.

The Bulgarian defender got a move to the Danish top-flight club in February – but it appears they got him at a cut-price deal.

As a result, either the Bulgarian international will have to drop wage demands as well as allow Whites to let him go on a free – or for another knockdown fee.

Midtjylland spokesman Claus Steinlein confirmed the player signed by Whites at the end of the transfer window was a hit in Denmark, playing 16 times including twice against Manchester United, one of them a 2-1 win in the Europa League, but not enough to afford him permanently.

He added: “It’s mission impossible to be able to afford Nikolay.”

Bodurov earns a reported £5,500-a-week at Craven Cottage and still has a year left to run on his three-year contract.

The man who has played 35 times for his country was saddled with the stigma of being a Felix Magath recruit in the German’s ill-starred reign, and has made only 41 appearances for Whites since he signed in the summer of 2014.

Head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has released Dan Burn, but even without Bodurov, there are still four other potentials lining up for the two central defensive slots.