Friday February 1 2013
Stekelenburg wanted Fulham deal

Maarten Stekelenburg is focused on winning his place back in the Roma side after his proposed move to Fulham collapsed.

The goalkeeper was given permission to travel to England by the Giallorossi yesterday, but the switch was called off after Roma failed to do a deal with Fiorentina for Emiliano Viviano.

“I’m really disappointed that the transfer didn’t take place,” he told Sport Promotion NL. “I hoped that this situation would have ended differently.

“It’s a big blow that will take me a little time to get over, but I’m a professional and my objective is to become the first-choice at Roma again.

“I really wanted to join Fulham. I would have been guaranteed playing time.

“I can’t really blame anyone for this though. Roma, from the start, told me that they would have only sold me should they get an adequate replacement.

“The fact that the deal wasn’t done doesn’t mean that it won’t happen anymore. We’ll see what the situation is like in the summer.”

The former Ajax man, who was actually on a flight to London when Roma pulled the plug, has lost his place in Zdenek Zeman’s plans to Mauro Goicoechea.

Roma also failed in an attempt to sign Santos custodian Rafael as a possible replacement.