Dimitar Berbatov committed to Fulham - Meulensteen

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Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen says Dimitar Berbatov is committed to the club, despite doubts about the striker's future at Craven Cottage.

Berbatov's agentexternal-link said the 32-year-old wants to leave the Cottagers in January but the forward inspired his team to a 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday.

"I had a good chat with him, he's not a stranger to me," said Meulensteen.

"We know what games we have coming up all the way to January, and he's fully committed to Fulham."

Berbatov was an influential presence in the 2-1 defeat by Tottenham on Wednesday and the win over Villa in Meulensteen's two games since succeeding Martin Jol as Fulham boss.

The Bulgarian set up Steve Sidwell for the opener before slotting in a penalty after a foul on Alexander Kacaniklic.

"He makes a difference," said Meulensteen. "I thought he was excellent on Wednesday as well, and against Villa again you saw what he was capable of doing,"

Asked about Berbatov's likely prospects once the January transfer window opens, the Fulham boss added: "I can't, couldn't, wouldn't and don't want to answer that, it's my decision to do that with the people who are relevant to discuss these things."

Fulham are 18th and still in the relegation zone after beating Villa but are now level on points with West Ham, who are one place above them.

Meulensteen's side face Everton and Manchester City in their next two games before playing Norwich and Hull.

"I couldn't have asked for more [from my players against Villa]," said Meulensteen.

"I asked the lads to build on the performance of last Wednesday and we got what we deserved against Villa.

"No matter where you are every point is important. We needed to re-establish confidence back in the team and there is no better way to do that than a win.

"I told the lads it is hard work and sheer commitment that we are going to need to turn it around and to use this win as a platform for the games coming up."

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