Jol plays down Zamora exit talk

The England international was recalled after an Achilles injury for

Monday’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat of 10-man Arsenal. Zamora scored the

all-important goal in stoppage time to put him in the headlines for

the right reasons. The 30-year-old’s relationship with Jol has been

the subject of increasing scrutiny over recent months, but the

Dutchman rejected such talk. Zamora has been linked with a January

exit, with QPR, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Bolton all mooted as

potential destinations. Asked whether the striker would leave

during the transfer window, Jol said: “He has never asked me for a

transfer request. “For me, it is just speculation. Maybe you know

more than me?” “It’s always the same,” added Jol. “If you are

number nine at any club and can make the difference, I’m very

happy. “I love my players, especially when they score goals. “He

was injured. We talk about it and make assessments two days before,

he was injured. “He had problems with his Achilles and ankle and

couldn’t travel with us. “You have to play another player, and

[Orlando] Sa scored which was good. “We did the same for this game

and he said he could play so he plays because he is my main

striker.” Jol was more forthcoming when asked about Marseille

striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. The Cottagers have been linked with a

loan move for the France international, who almost joined the west

Londoners in August. “We had an interest in him in the last

transfer window, then [Marseille manager Didier] Deschamps decided

to keep him there because they could not get the player they

wanted,” Jol said. “He is still there and nothing changed. But he

is injured as well. “I don’t get injured players, it would be

ridiculous.”