Bryan Ruiz looking to honour Fulham contract

The outcast World Cup star is happy to play for Fulham, despite wanting to leave in the summer.

The Costa Rica captain spent the second half of last season on-loan with PSV Eindhoven, before displays at the World Cup drew interest from Ajax, Werder Bremen and Olympiakos.

Despite the interest, and the players apparent desire to leave West London, a deal could not be struck and the forward remained with the club as the transfer deadline passed.

With his immediate future tied with Fulham, the 29-year old made his first appearance for the Cottagers since December, featuring for 45 minutes in a friendly with a Saudi Arabia XI at the weekend.

Having featured in the friendly, it is likely that Ruiz will start to play a part in Fulham’s first-team fold this season, and he is keen to fulfil his contract and help his employers return to the Premier League.

Quoted by Get West London, Ruiz revealed that he was disappointed a move away from London didn’t materialise, although he is now focused on the upcoming season and the role he must play wight he Cottagers.

He said: “It’s been a tough month because there were some transfer options, but at the end there was no agreement between the teams and Fulham.

“It is a bit hard because I felt like my time there was up, and I was looking forward to a new challenge, but it didn’t happen. I still have a contract with Fulham, so I have to fulfill it.

“It [trying to negotiate a move] was exhausting in the way that ever since I arrived both the coach and the board of directors allowed me to leave, but at the same time I had the chance of training with the team. 

“I’m a person who likes challenges and never backs down. It is true that I didn’t expect to stay one more year, but I will face a new challenge, which is helping the team in the Championship.

"I feel physically good, fully motivated after the World Cup. I was expecting something else, but it didn’t happen. Only God knows why things happen.

"Now it’s my turn to help the team as much as I can. They have had a tough start after five matches they haven’t been able to win. Well, it’s a hard tournament, I’ll try to provide experience and enthusiasm.

“Playing in the Championship is not easy. Even though it is the British second division, it can be compared to the first division of countries with top-level soccer. In fact, there have been FA Cup matches where second and third division teams have eliminated Premier League teams.”

Ruiz will be a useful player to call upon as the season progresses, and, with the poor start that Fulham have undergone, the Costa Rican could be seeing first-team action as early as this weekend.

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