Riise keen to end Fulham slump

John Arne Riise admits Fulham have not been good enough recently and need to end the season on a high.

Last Updated: 16/05/13 at 17:01 Post Comment

John Arne Riise: Prepares for trip to Swansea

John Arne Riise: Prepares for trip to Swansea

After losing a number of key players last summer, the west Londoners have endured a topsy-turvy campaign that has dramatically tailed off.

Safety might already be secured heading into the final-day clash with Swansea but they head to the Liberty Stadium bottom of the Premier League form table.

Martin Jol's side have lost their past five matches and have not won since beating QPR on April 1 - a run left-back Riise accepts is appalling.

"It's a very tough place to go," he said ahead of the trip to Swansea

"They've had a bit of a slump after winning the League Cup but they're still a great side. It's a hard place to play but we want to finish on a high.

"We don't want to end the season having taken just one point from the last eight games - that's not what Fulham is about.

"Hopefully we'll have a good week in training, get our energy back and finish on a good note.

"We're not thinking about our holidays yet - now is not the time, we've still got a game of football to play.

"We're on a bad run of form and we want to end that so we go into the summer in a good frame of mind."

Unlike before, Riise will not have international football to distract him this summer after recently calling time on his career with Norway.

The 32-year-old is the country's most capped player with 110 appearances spanning a 13-year career.

"It was a very tough thing for me to do," Riise told the club's official website.

"Physically I'm very strong and I plan to carry on playing football for many more years.

"But all the travelling with the national team was starting to take its toll and I want next season with Fulham to be my best. I want to be really fit and focus just on Fulham.

"I want to play well and earn a new contract so I can stay here longer.

"It's been my dream to play for the national team and I've loved it but I need to really just think about my club career and focus on Fulham, my family and my kids.

"I've got the record of 110 national caps and it was a professional choice. I have to look after my body and I want to play on until I'm 37 or 38 so it was something I felt I had to do."


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