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Martin Jol says youngsters are future

last updated Monday 26th March 2012, 12:11 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Fulham manager Martin Jol accepts his star players may quit to join the Premier League's big guns.

Fulham trio Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey and Brede Hangeland are all grabbing headlines this season with their performances.

And all three will get the chance to impress again when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight.

But Fulham boss Jol insists he has no problem allowing players to leave to better themselves if it helps finance his own plans for the Cottagers.

"We have now got two or three players with a very good value and we will have to wait and see," said Jol.

"There is a lot of interest from other clubs in my players and that is why I have to try to use my background and experience to find younger players.

"For me, it is not a problem because I feel we have that philosophy, not like in Germany and Holland.

"They have a big party if they sell someone for £20m, but here it is different. If you sell a player here, everybody says you are a selling club, but I am used to that.

"I always shake hands with them if they can go to the Chelseas, the Manchester Citys or the Manchester Uniteds or Arsenals of this world.

"It is not a problem for me. The only thing I don't like is if they say before the season starts that they want to play Champions League football, but that is another issue."

Jol proved he wasn't scared to sacrifice a fans' favourite when he sold striker Bobby Zamora to QPR in the January transfer window.

He came up trumps with his replacement by unearthing Pavel Pogrebnyak, who has scored five goals in as many games since arriving on loan from Stuttgart.

"I am used to it because in Holland, for example, they do it all the time," said Dutchman Jol.

"They sell one or two and try and get even better by spending the money on younger players and developing again. That is what we are trying to do.

"I can't, of course, have 16 players all worth £20m, but I always try and create our own situation."

Source Tim Gray at Daily Star
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