Hughes wants Gera talks
Fulham manager Mark Hughes wants to convince Zoltan Gera that he has a future at Craven Cottage.
Last Updated: 28/01/11 7:53pm
Fulham manager Mark Hughes wants to hold further discussions with Zoltan Gera as he attempts to convince the midfielder that he has a future at Craven Cottage.
Skysports.com reported on Wednesday that Sampdoria have had a bid turned down for the 31-year-old, while Blackpool and West Ham are also thought to be interested.
Gera will be out of contract at the end of the season and has indicated that he wants to leave Fulham in search of regular first-team football.
But Hughes wants to activate an option in the attack-minded Hungarian's current deal which is based upon appearances.
"I've spoken to Zoltan and I don't want him to go. He's a great player. I like him as a player and I like him as a person," said Hughes.
"He's indicated he feels he needs to move. I don't agree with him, I want him to stay.
"I've spoken to him about the option we have about games played and said we would take that forward and exercise that option now anyway because we want him to stay. We need more discussion."
Fulham host Tottenham in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Craven Cottage in a far more comfortable position than when the London rivals last met.
On New Year's Day the Cottagers succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane at a time when Hughes was facing questions over his future.
But two Premier League wins later and Fulham appear more settled, with Hughes even insisting Spurs will approach their showdown with anxiety.
"We have given a better account of ourselves against Spurs than most teams have," he said. "Maybe that will give them more apprehension than us."