Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has cast doubt over Jimmy Bullard's future by suggesting the midfielder is unsure if the club can match his contract demands.
The 29-year-old is tied to the club until the end of next season but is after an improved deal, believing that he was instrumental in Fulham's Barclays Premier League survival last term.
"We're still waiting to see what happens because he's got his own ambitions," said Hodgson ahead of tomorrow's clash with Middlesbrough. "I'm not party to discussions."
He added: "I think he is concerned the club can't match his wage demands and where he sees himself at a very high level and it is not certain that Fulham will be the club to match them.
"He has not been told he can leave in January, that's not true.
"We're not trying to get rid of Jimmy Bullard. But Jimmy Bullard is trying to get a contract which suits him.
"He's not sure we can provide that contract which suits him and as a result we have to be realistic and there might be clubs out there who can offer him that and who can match the transfer fee that we think he's worth. If it happens, it happens."
Bullard has been in strong form again this campaign, prompting a call-up to the England squad, and scored the Cottagers' only goal of their last four games, in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City a fortnight ago.
Hodgson maintains that he wants the former Wigan man to stay in January, but beyond that is uncertain.
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