Coleman confident of Volz deal
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman says Fulham are closing in on a contract extension for Moritz Volz.
Chris Coleman believes Fulham are closing in on a contract extension for German right back Moritz Volz.
The former Arsenal man has impressed this season in a makeshift midfield role and his tireless efforts for The Cottagers have pushed the London side into offering him an extended stay.
Volz is currently in the final year of his contract but Coleman is confident the 23-year-old will commit himself to The Cottagers in the coming weeks.
"We are quite close with Volzy," said Coleman.
"He wants to stay and I've been delighted with his attitude and his input. He has done a terrific job for us.
"He is a young guy as well and he's only going to get better.
"He is definitely somebody we want for the future and he wants to stay which is important."
American striker Brian McBride is also in line for a new contract, with Coleman admitting if he remains injury free, the hard-working forward will be rewarded by the London side.
"As long as he is fit and maintains the level of performances he's given us, it's a no-brainer with Brian," Coleman added.
However the futures of Claus Jensen, Tomasz Radzinski and Phillippe Christanval are less clear cut, with Coleman keen to assess their input in the coming months before offering the trio new deals.
"Tomasz had a bad year last year, his confidence was low and he wasn't scoring goals, but he has worked harder in training.
"He has done the things he doesn't like doing. He doesn't like going with the fitness guys, doesn't like doing weights, doesn't like doing hard physical work, but he's done it and his game is improved.
"He has got back in the team, played out of position and he has done well for us. Now he has got to keep doing it. It's really up to Tomasz - and it's up to Claus.
"He (Jensen) wasn't getting games because of his injury and didn't look close to getting into the team and it's in the back of your mind if he is going to get over those injuries.
"But he came back to score a great goal against Charlton and was very good for us at Villa Park, but he's just got to play 10 or 15 games on the bounce so we know his injuries are past him. That's when we start sitting down with Claus.
"Philippe's contract will be coming up and it's up to him to play games and prove his fitness."
Coleman has also given a positive fitness bulletin regarding the health of midfielder Jimmy Bullard, after the former Wigan Athletic man suffered a serious knee injury that is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.
"He is a naturally funny lad and he always looks at the bright side," Coleman told Sky Sports News.
"He is fine, he is working hard, but he knows it could be a long road.
"He is getting on with it and is doing okay."