Fulham manager Meulensteen believes wantaway Ruiz still has a role to play

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has said that out-of-favour Cottager Bryan Ruiz still has a future at Craven Cottage, despite reports linking him with a loan move to Anderlecht in next month’s transfer window, according to The Standard.

Ruiz has previously stated that he would be open to leaving west London if the opportunity should arise, and was booed while playing for Fulham last month. The writing seemed to be on the wall for the Costa Rican as his days at the club appeared to be winding down, but Meulensteen has thrown a spanner into those rumours by admitting he is open to keeping the 28-year-old.

PSV Eindhoven had recently emerged as rivals of Anderlecht in the race for the former FC Twente star, but Meulensteen said: “Sometimes players go through a bad patch. That was the case a little bit with Bryan. It is confidence that drives players on and sometimes you need to protect them a little bit.

“Bryan is a very creative, attacking player. He is a game changer. There are so many games to come and all the players will have a role to play.”

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