Schwarzer: I’m settled at Fulham

The Australian shot-stopper was the subject of prolonged interest

from the Gunners last summer, with Arsene Wenger having identified

him as his top keeping target. Fulham, though, stuck to their guns

and refused to bow to the demands of their Premier League rivals.

They were able to keep Schwarzer out of Arsenal’s clutches and

stood by him throughout the 2010/11 campaign. The 38-year-old

admits it was difficult at time to keep his focus on the job in

hand, having come so close to joining a club destined for the

Champions League, but insists he has no complaints at still being

part of the set-up at Craven Cottage. He said: “Was it a test for

me? Without a doubt. “It is always a big test when there is

speculation and an ongoing saga. “What you have to do is get your

head down and do your job. I showed that I could do that. “I am an

employee of Fulham and I have always said I love playing for this

club.” Schwarzer believes the Cottagers are a club heading in the

right direction and admits he was surprised to see former boss Mark

Hughes quit his managerial position in June. He said: “The chairman

(Mohamed Al Fayed) has been 100 per cent supportive and the club

wouldn’t exist in the position it is in now without his rock solid

backing. “It was a surprise when Mark Hughes left, but Martin Jol

has had some big coaching positions and has slotted in easily.”