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May 8, 2013

Schwarzer yet to be offered new contract

Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says he's yet to be offered a new contract at Fulham but isn't worried about his future beyond this season.

Schwarzer, 40, is off contract at the end of the current English Premier League campaign, but will play on as he hopes to reach a third successive World Cup with Australia next year.

Fulham manager Martin Jol reportedly said last month the club had offered Schwarzer a new one-year contract and was waiting to hear back from him.

But while Schwarzer confirmed he's been in talks with the club as recently as last week, he said there was so far no formal offer of an extension and won't rule out playing elsewhere next season.

"There's been a discussion but there's no actual offer on the table at the moment," Schwarzer told AAP.

"Basically we're in a position where we're going to wait until the end of the season and see where we go from there.

"I'm just concentrating on playing football and playing as well as I possibly can and one way or another it will be sorted out.

"I've got no concerns about that, whether it's at Fulham or elsewhere."

Schwarzer added another milestone in his remarkable career last month when he became the first foreigner player to reach 500 Premier League appearances.

With 502 games to his name, he is ninth on the league's all-time appearance list.

Asked whether his preference was to remain in England or if he would even consider playing in the A-League, Schwarzer said he was keeping all his options open.

"Nothing's been ruled out but, to be fair, I've not even considered anything yet because it's all been just about playing the last couple of games of the season and doing my best for Fulham," he said.

"If I can do that, one way or the other something will come of it."

Retirement is certainly not an option for Australia's most capped Socceroo.

"I want to help Australia qualify for the World Cup and then look forward to hopefully a good season and then hopefully go to a World Cup. That's the plan," Schwarzer said.

At the forefront of Schwarzer's mind at the moment are Fulham's two remaining league games.

Five losses from their past six games means they aren't yet mathematically safe from relegation as they head into Sunday's match against Liverpool.

"It's been a little disappointing with how we've gone over the last few games and we need to make sure we, at the very least, pick up something and make sure we're mathematically safe," he said.

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