Fulham play hard-ball with Derby as Chris Martin attempts to cut short loan deal

Chris Martin celebrates scoring Fulham's equaliser in a 2-2 draw with his former club Norwich City a

Chris Martin celebrates scoring Fulham's equaliser in a 2-2 draw with his former club Norwich City at Craven Cottage earlier this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has vowed that Scotland striker Chris Martin will not be leaving the London club during the January transfer window.

The Beccles-born former Norwich City forward, 28, has reportedly said that he wants to cut short his season-long loan at Craven Cottage to return to parent club Derby.

He did not appear in this evening's Championship match at Reading, which was abandoned at half-time due to fog with the score at 0-0.

But Jokanovic said that Martin, scorer of seven goals in 23 appearances for Fulham this season, is going nowhere.

'He made himself unavailable for today's game,' Jokanovic said. 'He stopped in training but I have information from medical staff that he is available to play. He decided to take a day off.

'We need to check this situation but I don't have any intention of making our rivals any stronger. I am not going to send him back to Derby. He is going to stay with us and he is going to respect the contract.

'We are not a train station. You can't come in and out when you want. I don't know if he's going to play for Fulham but he's not going to play for Derby.'

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