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The 57-year-old has dismissed speculation linking the Bulgarian with a move to Russia, insisting he hasn't heard about a move and that the forward "wants to stay" at Craven Cottage

Fulham boss Martin Jol has dismissed suggestions that top scorer Dimitar Berbatov will leave the club this summer.

With the Bulgarian striker only having a year left on his contract, agent Emil Danchev revealed on Thursday that there was interest in the 32-year-old from several clubs in Russia.

However, Jol believes Berbatov would prefer to stay at Craven Cottage, suggesting it would take a "lot of money" to persuade the club to sell the forward.

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"I don't see a problem, I haven't heard anything off Dimitar," Jol told reporters. "I don't think that [Berbatov leaving] will happen. He wants to stay.

"They [another club] would have to come up with a lot of money for a 32-year-old to get him away from this club."

With Pavel Pogrebnyak returning to west London for the first time since joining a now relegated Reading side, Jol also warned any want-away squad members that players have traditionally fared better at Fulham before choosing to leave the Cottagers.

"You can use that cliché – the grass is always greener here, probably, and not at another place," Jol said.

"There is a lot of evidence of players leaving this club and they had a better time here, maybe 80 or 90 per cent of the players.

"Was there one player going to a top club or another club and did better than here? I don't think so.

"It's about them, they have to make their mind up. The players who are here, like Dimitar, Sascha Riether, even Mladen Petric and [Mark] Schwarzer – they all like it here. I think they would like to stay."

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