Having fallen out of favour at the London club, Maarten Stekelenburg has suggested that his time at Fulham may be coming to an end.

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Four years ago, during the last FIFA World Cup finals tournament in South Africa, Maarten Stekelenburg had announced himself on the world stage. Though not as refined as the Oranje goalkeepers before him, many saw the then 27 year olds as one of the hottest pieces of property for the future. The skills were there, and the potential to be a world-beater was ever present.

Fast forward four years, and Stekelenburg has since fallen out of favour at current club Fulham FC of London, and has not featured for the national team since October of 2012.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Stekelenburg told reporters “On the 25th I report back to Fulham because I am still under contract there for three years and then we’ll see. My agent is working hard to find a satisfactory solution for everyone.”

As was the case during his time at Italian club Roma, the change of coaching staff had seen the goalkeeper fall out of favour from the starting XI. The combination of a lack of playing time and form saw him also omitted from Louis van Gaal’s 23-man squad going to Brazil this summer.

“I came to Fulham to keep the club in the Premier League and to fight to get myself in the World Cup squad. I failed on both counts.”

Aiming to put his past behind him and seek greener pastures, the former Ajax captain had only himself to blame for his ill-fortune, saying “I think you always have to blame yourself first.”

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