Stekelenburg hints at Fulham exit

The Netherlands' 2010 World Cup final keeper wants to leave Craven Cottage after a dismal spell in England which has seen him relegated and omitted from Van Gaal's Brazil squad
Maarten Stekelenburg has hinted he is looking for a way out at Fulham after a disastrous spell in England.

The 31-year-old suffered relegation with the London outift and missed out on a place in the Netherlands World Cup squad as a result of his poor form.

And with the prospect of Championship football looming next season, Stekelenburg is hoping to secure a future away from Craven Cottage, believing he can still perform at the highest level.

"I'm 31, very fit and want to get back to playing," he told De Telegraaf.

"On the 25th I report back to Fulham because I am still under contract there for three years and then we'll see. My agent is working hard to find a satisfactory solution for everyone.

"I can't wait to get back to the Maarten Stekelenburg of 2010, but with more experience."

The former Roma keeper was first-choice for the Netherlands at the 2012 European Championship and also started the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.

However, he has since dropped down the pecking order of Louis Van Gaal's national side and having lost out to Jasper Cillessen, Michel Vorm and Tim Krul for a place in Brazil, Stekelenburg has taken personal responsibility for his current slump.

"I think you always have to blame yourself first," he said.

"If I had played at the high level I did in 2010 there would be no reason for the coach to overlook me.

"I came to Fulham to keep the club in the Premier League and to fight to get myself in the World Cup squad. I failed on both counts."