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Apr, 9, 2012

Dempsey in no rush to sign new deal

Fulham's leading goalscorer Clint Dempsey will wait until the end of the season before making any decisions about his future at the club.

• Jol unsure over Dempsey future

Dempsey has just one more year remaining on his current contract and Fulham are keen to tie the USA international to a new deal after an outstanding campaign.

The 29-year-old, who was described as "unbelievable" by manager Martin Jol after he took his goal tally for the season to 21 with a double strike in Saturday's 3-0 Premier League win at Bolton, has been linked with a move away from Craven Cottage.

Dempsey said: "We will see what happens. It is one of my best memories of being at Fulham, this season, and I have one more to go. I am talking with the club but we will have to see what happens in the summer.

"I want to focus on this season and my football and other stuff can take care of itself after the season.''

Dempsey played as a centre forward at the Reebok Stadium but his goals in his most productive season in English football have come from a variety of positions.

He might even have claimed a third hat-trick of the campaign had he not shot narrowly wide in the second half after earlier striking from a free-kick and with a firm header.

He said: "I work hard every year. If you look at the positions I have played this season - mostly left mid, coming inside - but mostly it is just trying to get in the box and get on the end of things.

"Maybe I have just been more cool, calm and collected and just been able to finish things off.''

Dempsey and his team-mates are back in action on Monday night as neighbours Chelsea visit Craven Cottage.

Fulham now look comfortable in mid-table but are hoping to build some momentum by pulling off a surprise win over a side still pushing on three fronts.

Dempsey said: "Our fans are definitely going to be up for it, they want us to go and put in another good performance. We owe it to them to do that and we will be working as hard as we can, even though it is a quick turnaround.

"We will make sure we are as ready as we can be to go out and give a good performance. You want to finish the season on a positive and beating teams like that is what it is all about.''

A strong finish could put Fulham in position to challenge for a Europa League spot again but Dempsey has downplayed that prospect.

He said: "We have to wait and see. There are still a lot of games left and it is really tight around us. Maybe - but I think finishing in the top half would be a good season for us.''

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