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Chris Baird talks about his chances of joining Fulham permanently

Whites iconic midfielder opens up on how he sees the immediate and near future both at Craven Cottage and Derby County

Waiting game: Chris Baird

Fulham midfielder Chris Baird insists he won’t consider his long-term future until summer after joining the club on loan.

‘Bairdinho’, formerly with the Whites between 2007-2013, joined from high-flying Derby County in a bid to get more playing time.

And he made his return as a Fulham player at half-time in the 3-0 win over Charlton last week to rapturous applause from the Craven Cottage faithful, even if it was a bit after the Lord Mayor's show with a 2-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

But the Northern Irishman insists he will wait until summer to consider extending his romantic return to Fulham.

He said: “I’m not sure. Listen, I’m just going to take it easy.

“The most important thing is for Fulham to stay in this league and play well until the end of the season. So what happens at the end of the season, I’m not sure."

The Rams removed Paul Clement from his manager post at the iPro Stadium shortly after their 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage last month.

Darren Wassall replaced him until the end of the season, and Baird is refusing to commit his future either way until he has spoken to the man who will be in charge next season.

He added: “I’ve got another year at Derby and I think there’s going to be a new manager coming in in the summer, so I want to see that situation first before anything.”

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