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Friday, May 17, 2013
Davies must get fit or leave Fulham

Kristan Heneage

Fulham manager Martin Jol has warned midfielder Simon Davies that he must prove his fitness if he is to earn a new deal.

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Davies, 33, is out of contract this summer after five years at Craven Cottage, and has been linked with a move to recently promoted Cardiff City.

Having failed to make a single appearance for the club this season due to a troublesome hip complaint, speculation is mounting that Davies' time in West London may be coming to an end.

While not ruling out the potential for Davies to earn a new deal with the club, Jol has hinted that he is unlikely to offer the Wales international a new contract due to concerns over his fitness.

"The thing with Simon is as long as I was here he was never fully-fit for more than two or three weeks, and that's a problem," Jol told the Fulham Chronicle.

"When he was fit he was a wonderful player but if he's not fit we've got a problem, so we've got to sit down with him and talk about it."

Jol, who sold the Welshman to Everton when he was Tottenham boss, also confirmed he has offered Davies use of the club's Motspur Park training facilities should he wish to remain with the club and try to build his fitness up.

"We will look after Simon and, of course, he can stay here as long as he needs to get fit, but it's about him as well," the Dutchman said. "He has to make his mind up about his own fitness and if he wants to play again."

Davies has made 169 appearances for Fulham since arriving at the club in 2007.

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