Last Updated: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:32
Mark Schwarzer has confirmed that he has held talks about extending his stay with Fulham but warned he wants to play every week.
The 40-year-old veteran Australian international goalkeeper will be out of contract at Craven Cottage in the summer, but he has stressed that retirement is not on his agenda because he wants to feature for his country at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.
Therefore, Schwarzer realises that he needs to be playing regular first-team football at club level which is why he would like to pen a new deal with the Cottagers.
But the former Middlesbrough star insists that he must be the number one wherever he plays next season because he is not ready to take a back seat and become an understudy to another player.
Speaking after helping Fulham pick up a clean sheet in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Norwich, Schwarzer said: "I feel really good and don't think the age thing is hindering my performances in any way. I've had some initial discussions and the intentions are there at the club to keep me.
"But in what capacity we'll have to wait and see. I want to be playing each week - that's the key for me. I love playing and don't want to be No.2 anywhere.
"The World Cup is also a huge priority and the reality is if I am not playing I don't think it would be possible to be a part of the national team. I just want to be out there enjoying every minute - especially at this stage of my career.
"If that means I have to move on at the end of the season, then that's fine also. Let's just see how we go."
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