McKinlay: "It is vital that we keep hold of Dempsey"

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Clint DempseyFulham first-team coach Billy McKinlay believes the club must keep Clint Dempsey and agree a new contract with the United States international. (Fulham 5/1 to beat Liverpool tomorrow).

Dempsey has been an integral part of the team at Craven Cottage scoring 22 goals in all competitions this season, as well as coming fourth in the Footballer of the Year award.

Mckinlay said: "It is vital we hang on to him, he has been with us since 2007 and been outstanding, particularly this season. I am sure the club will do everything it can to keep him."

The Texan has been linked with a move to Everton at the end of the season, but was unable to make an impact on Saturday's visit to Goodison Park when Fulham were beaten 4-0 by the Toffees. (Liverpool 4/7 to beat Fulham tomorrow).

McKinlay filled in for manager Martin Jol who was unable to travel to the match at the weekend due to a chest infection. Dempsey has just 12 months remaining on his contract with the Cottagers, and recently confirmed he has no intention on making a decision on his future until the summer.

McKinlay added: "He is and has been a vital player for us, hopefully, we shall get this one tidied up."

Fulham have won three of their last five games and are currently 9th in the Premier League table. The club will be looking to move further into the top ten with a win over Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow night. (Fulham 29/10 to draw with Liverpool tomorrow).


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