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Heitinga still happy to have swapped Everton for Fulham

Dutch defender up for a relegation scrap and has no regrets with his decision to sign for Cottagers

No regrets: Fulham defender John Heitinga

Johnny Heitinga still feels he made the right decision about swapping Everton for Fulham in January.

Rene Meulensteen signed the defender on a free transfer on deadline day but was shown the door by the Whites two weeks later.

He watched his Dutch compatriot make a swift exit as his new club sat bottom of the Premier League and struggling to beat the drop.

In came former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath to take over at Craven Cottage and the German handed Heitinga starts in his first two games at the helm.

Despite watching Meulensteen go earlier than he would have expected, Heitinga is remaining optimistic about his future at the club and Fulham’s chances of survival.

“I had a few other options but Fulham was a good decision and still is a good decision,” said the defender, who reportedly snubbed West Ham to sign for the Whites.

“Felix has done really well in the past with his former teams. He is a tough manager, he makes you work really hard and that is what we need at the moment. The main thing for me is to get [playing] time, keep Fulham in the Premier League and make the World Cup.

“I knew before I signed here that this was going to be a tough period. We know that we are in a situation where we need to win and stick together.”

Fulham, deep in trouble, are four points from safety and travel to fellow strugglers Cardiff on Saturday in a crucial game at the bottom.


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