Riise planning Fulham exit after falling out of favour

John Arne Riise will attempt to leave Fulham in January, the Daily Mail has reported, if he does not return to the starting line-up of manager Martin Jol in the near future.

Riise has played only twice in the Premier League this season, having moved to Craven Cottage from Serie A side Roma in 2011. After being a regular feature in the past two seasons, Riise explained to a local newspaper that he would not be content to sit on the sidelines much longer.

I speak to the gaffer all of the time,” he told the Fulham Chronicle. “We both know how I’m thinking. I’m obviously not happy not playing.

I feel fit and if I get a chance I’m ready. If not, then we’ll look somewhere else to see if I can get a move,” Riise continued. “I’ll remain professional, whether I’m going to leave or not. I always give 100 per cent in training and if I play, the gaffer knows that.

I’ll work hard until January and see what happens. If it doesn’t happen, then I’ll work hard until May. I’m never going to be a player who moans. I want to keep fit, work hard every day and be ready if I’m needed. If not, I will look elsewhere.

Riise’s first taste of Premier League football came when signing for Liverpool in 2001, leaving Monaco to move to Merseyside. He spent seven years with the Reds, winning the FA Cup in 2006, the League Cup in 2003 and the Champions League in 2005 – and making more than 300 appearances – before leaving for Roma.

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