Johansen preparing for Fulham exit

Stefan Johansen wants out if he is not part of Fulham’s squad in January.

Johansen, 29, told the VG newspaper in his native Norway that he will need to seek pastures new if he remains surplus to requirements at Craven Cottage.

The midfielder was omitted from the 25-man Premier League squad and revealed there was a “long chat” with Whites boss Scott Parker.

“It is clear that it is a small bang when you participate in two promotions and are not allowed to play more,” Johansen, who is currently nursing a back problem, has been quoted as saying.

“But personally, I have no doubt that I want to play matches. So, if there is a similar situation in January, then it is of course appropriate to leave.

“I almost have to take it when it comes. First, the body must return to 100% to be as ready as possible for one or the other.

“Considering the family, that I have a small child, two years left on the Fulham contract and will turn 30 in January, I think there will be one (more) big contract. It will be quite important whether it is here or somewhere else.

“At that age and situation, you will know where to be for the next three or four years.

“We are very privileged that there is so much money in football, so I will not complain about that bit, but a football career is short.

“You have to weigh everything against everything, but the first and foremost is the well-being of the player and that applies for the family.”

Meanwhile, Fulham defender Terence Kongolo faces a continued spell on the sidelines.