By Mark Fordham
21 Mar 2011 14:26:00
UEFA Europa League: Zoltan Gera – Fulham – Hamburger SV (Getty Images)
The agent of Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera has hinted that his client may not be offered a new contract at the west London club and is willing to look abroad for a new team in the summer if he has no Premier League takers.
The Hungarian international is out of contract in the summer and the indications at the moment are that he won’t be offered a new deal.
The midfielder has been more of a peripheral figure in the first team this season since the arrival of manager Mark Hughes, and his representative, Vlada Filipovic, has said that his client will consider moves abroad but he would rather stay in the Premier League if possible.
“Zoltan is free in the summer and a few clubs from Italy and Spain have recently made enquires as he can sign a pre-contract abroad,” he told skysports.com.
“Of course he would like to remain in the Premier League but he is also open to a new challenge abroad.
“Zoltan is away with the national team at the moment. Once he is back we will have a discussion and start looking towards his future.”
Gera was a key figure in the club’s success last season as they reached the Europa League final but his role has been diminished to largely substitute appearances this season.
Filipovic also suggested that there were enquiries for the playmaker in January but Hughes wanted to keep hold of him until the end of the season.
He added: “There was interest and offers from clubs in the January window to take him but the manager Mark Hughes wanted to keep him.”