Monday, May 21, 2018

Kacaniklic committed to Fulham; Saha wants Lazio stay


Sweden international Alex Kacaniklic wants to establish himself as a first-team player for Fulham upon returning to Craven Cottage following his loan spell at Championship side Burnley, Sky Sports understands.

Kacaniklic, 21, joined Burnley on loan until the end of the season last week.

The 21-year-old has already featured in two matches for the Clarets, setting up Charlie Austin for the match-winning goal on his debut against Charlton at The Valley on 2 March.

Although Kacaniklic is enjoying his time at Turf Moor, the Swede has made it clear that he wants to return to his parent club at the end of the season.

“I am happy at Fulham,” the former Liverpool youth starlet said in the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle. “My target is to play every week and become one of their main players.

“But I’ve got a better chance of first-team football here at the moment. They have a lot of games still to play, so that’s why I wanted to come to Burnley.

“It’s also an opportunity to show the Fulham manager what I can do. Hopefully I can get some goals and assists and help the team.”

Prior to the January arrival of AC Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson, Kacaniklic had been a mainstay in the Cottagers first-team.

The Sweden international bagged three goals and one assist in 15 Premier League appearances, including 12 starts, for Fulham until falling out-of-favour with manager Martin Jol.

Meanwhile, Emanuelson has made four substitute appearances since arriving at Craven Cottage.

Saha wants Lazio stay

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha wants to stay at Lazio beyond this season despite struggling to make an impact at the Stadio Olimpico, according to Sky Sports.

After 14 seasons in the English Premier League, the 34-year-old Frenchman has found it difficult to adjust to life in Serie A, having been given just two cameo appearances in one month by Swiss boss Vladimir Petković.

Despite his struggles, Saha revealed that he is hoping to play in the UEFA Champions League for Lazio next season.

“Playing in the Champions League is a dream for everyone, whether you’re a 19-year-old or a 34-year-old player,” Saha told L’Equipe.

“I want to prolong this adventure here and play in that level of competition, it would be good for me to score about 10 goals.”

Scoring 10 goals from the bench might be too tall a task for the Frenchman, who will surely be relegated to the bench when Germany international talisman Miroslav Klose returns from injury.


Shawn Etemadi



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