Dempsey backs Johnson

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Clint Demspey has called on the Fulham camp to re-sign Andy Johnson, whose contract with the club runs out next summer.

Martin Jol recently revealed that a new deal with the striker had yet to be reached, with Johnson turning down the club’s first offer and negotiations still continuing.


And while Dempsey insists that the club has the ultimate decision over whether to keep the former Everton man or not, he hopes Johnson stays for the long-term.

"That's not for me to make that decision," Dempsey initially told the Fulham Chronicle, when asked if he thought Johnson should stay.

"AJ's a goal scorer and he's good to have around, and hopefully that will be the case for some time to come.

"He also likes to have a laugh and I respect him for the fact he's had some tough injuries and fought back from them."

Johnson scored a hat-trick last weekend in Fulham’s 6-0 thrashing over QPR. Dempsey also scored in the run away win, and the Cottagers are now closing in on the top half of the table, sitting just one point adrift of 10th placed Swansea.

Fulham have a tough schedule upon their return from international duty next week, with the side taking on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, Wisla Krakow away in the Europa League and Everton at home within eight days.

Dempsey will be hoping that Johnson is on form for the matches, with injuries a concern for Jol as he aims to rotate his squad to handle the difficult week.

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