Fin wants to stay

Tuesday 23 April 2002

Talking after the Leeds' game on Saturday, Fulham's Mr Dependable Steve Finnan spoke out about the recent press speculation linking him with Championship chasing Manchester United.

After a weekend of tabloid nonsense predicting the replacement of manager Jean Tigana by ex-Chelsea man Ruud Gullit, the last thing Fulham fans wanted to hear was that one of their brightest young stars might be on the move.

Finnan was able to put everyone's mind at rest.

"Money doesn't always buy you success," he said. "And big-spending teams have gone back down before. It's flattering being linked with the biggest club in the world, but big things are going to happen at Fulham and I want to be part of that.

"I have seen the stories but I cannot afford to get carried away. I have been at Fulham for four years and seen the club come a long way. I am happy here and feel I can achieve a great deal."

Finnan has started every league game for the Whites this season and his worth was noted when he was included in the PFA's Premiership Eleven. Players like the Republic of Ireland international are worth their weight in gold and it's reassuring to hear him say that not only does he think Fulham are going places, but that he also wants to be a part of it.