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Dembele plays down Premier League transfer talk

Dembele is happy at Craven Cottage. (©GettyImages)
Dembele is happy at Craven Cottage. (©GettyImages).

Moussa Dembele insists he is very happy to stay at Fulham this summer, despite reported interested from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.

The 24-year-old Belgian international is one of the most sought after players in the Premier League, having turned in a series of impressive performances for the Cottagers last season.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of Dembele, and has considered an attempt to lure him to Old Trafford, as he looks to strengthen his attacking midfield options ahead of the new campaign.

However, United would face competition from Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger also weighs up a move for the Fulham forward, in a bid to improve his Emirates Stadium squad.

North London rivals Tottenham have been keeping tabs on Dembele's situation, as Harry Redknapp seeks further reinforcements, while Chelsea's interest appears to have waned after the club concluded deals for Marko Marin and Eden Hazard, who will arrive at Stamford Bridge ahead of 2012-13.

Just as well for the Blues then, because any hope that any of the aforementioned clubs may have had of signing Dembele, now look to have been dashed, after the Belgian reaffirmed his commitment to the Craven Cottage cause.

"I'm very happy to stay at Fulham, especially because of the boss," he told the Fulham Chronicle. "I think it's very important to have the backing of the manager and he's a coach who gives me a lot of confidence - that's why I feel I owe it to the gaffer as well.

"I think every player needs that and I'm no different. I go to training every day and work with joy. It's a fantastic club and I'm not in a hurry to move anywhere."

Martin Jol has been influential in converting Dembele from a forward into a central midfield position - a challenge that he is relishing, and looking forward to continue developing next year.

"I'm very happy with the change this year in the position I play because I'm a player who likes to have the ball as much as possible - and that is down to the manager as well," he explained.

"I think I can hold the ball very well - and it's an advantage to the team if I have a lot of the ball, so I like that position a lot.

"I'm also very happy with the way the season went. The club is doing very well and we have a very strong team with good players.

"Next year, everybody wants to do even better. I'm not sure what will be our target next season, because in a way it's the club and manager who decide.

"I don't know if it is realistic to try for fourth or fifth or sixth, but I think we should look to do even better than this season and last."

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