Fulham's Riether yet to decide on future

The German is considering his options before deciding whether to make his loan move a permanent one, expressing his happiness at his successful spell so far
Fulham right-back Sascha Riether is undecided over whether or not he will remain at Craven Cottage when his loan from Koln expires at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old has been in sterling form for Martin Jol’s side, making the right-back slot his own while becoming a cult figure with the fans in the process.

Riether’s loan deal contains a clause that would allow the former Bundesliga winner to stay in the Premier League with Fulham, should both player and club agree to it, but the German defender has said that he will consider his options.

“As things stand now, I will return to Koln in the summer,” he said to German magazine Kicker. “I have to consider and talk to both clubs.

“Nothing is decided yet. Fulham can activate a clause and I also have to agree.

"I wanted to become a starter (at Fulham), and I managed to do that. I am proud I have become a fans' favourite. But of course I can still do better, and that's what I am trying to do."

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Riether, who has made 29 appearances for Fulham, also said that English football is better suited to his style of play than that in his homeland, where he won the league with Wolfsburg in 2009.

He continued: “The football here suits me. Moreover, the club is very friendly and I received a warm welcome.

“Even smaller clubs take on high profile players for a lot of money. There are also fewer dives here.

“It wasn’t easy with the language. At first, I got nothing of what our Scottish assistant coach [Billy McKinlay] said.”