Gera unsure over future
Hungarian wants guaranteed playing time at Craven Cottage
By Juha Pal. Last Updated: May 24, 2011 1:34pm
Gera: Has not ruled out the possibility of staying at Fulham
Zoltan Gera says it is unlikely he will remain at Fulham this summer, but has not completely ruled out the prospect.
The 32-year-old midfielder has seen limited first-team action at Craven Cottage this season, with the majority of his performances coming off the bench.
His frustrating campaign ended on a low note on Sunday when he was dismissed in the 74th minute against Arsenal for a lunging challenge on Thomas Vermaelen after coming on three minutes earlier.
Hungary international Gera says he has talked to manager Mark Hughes over a possible stay with the Cottagers, but insists he is not prepared to play a bit-part for another season.
"I can't rule out that I stay but it's not too likely," Gera told origo.hu. "I want more than this.
"I talked to our manager after our last training session and he said he wanted me to stay.
"I replied by stating my problems - I hardly play, many times I'm not even on the bench and because of this reason I can't concentrate well when I get the chance.
"I said at the moment I don't want to extend my contract but we agreed that we'll talk about it in the future again."
"I can't rule out that I stay but it's not too likely. I want more than this.
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Gera's red card against Arsenal could jeopardise Fulham's hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League next season through the Premier League fair-play table.
But the midfielder is adamant his dismissal was not done intentionally as a way of seeking revenge for his lack of playing time.
He added: "I didn't do that tackle in order to take revenge because I only got good things from the club and from the players.
"So I'm very sorry about what happened."
Gera hopes the red card will not discourage any potential suitors that might come knocking over the summer.
He said: "I think this red card did my future a disservice because wherever I sign I'll have to take my suspension with me for the forthcoming season.
"I'm disappointed with myself but I hope it won't affect my future."