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Shwan Jalal fights for Bournemouth future

Bournemouth keeper Shwan Jalal
Jalal has remained on the sidelines for Bournemouth so far this season

Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal says he still hopes to have a future at Dean Court, despite talks over a new contract stalling.

The 28-year-old has been replaced as the Cherries' first choice this season by summer signing Darryl Flahavan.

Jalal turned down a contract offer from the Dorset club over the summer and has not been selected since.

"I don't feel I warranted losing my place in the team, but I'll work to get it back," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"The manager has told me I was left out for footballing reasons, but obviously everyone knows that I turned down the contract that the club offered me.

"I'm not delighted to be out of the team, but I've got to get on with the job in hand.

"I never asked to leave Bournemouth. I never once hinted that I'm not interested in staying. I just felt that the contract that was being offered wasn't agreeable to me."

Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell has publicly stated that the club cannot afford to retain two first-team goalkeepers and Jalal's availability has now been circulated to other clubs.

The Iraq-born former Tottenham trainee has made 142 appearances for Bournemouth since signing from Peterborough in August 2008.

"You'd have to ask the club whether the contract offer is still on the table," he added.

"I haven't spoken to the club any further about staying. To me the door isn't closed, it's from the chairman's side that the talks are unlikely to re-open.

"I've supported the club through every kick this season despite being on the bench, and if I'm called upon then I'll give it 150%."



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