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Schwarzer confirms Fulham exit

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Mark Schwarzer has confirmed he's set to leave Fulham after the Premier League club signed Netherlands international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The 30-year-old Stekelenburg was signed by coach and compatriot Martin Jol from Italian side Roma on a four-year deal.

Fresh from his big role in Australia's impressive 1-1 draw in the World Cup qualifier against Japan in Saitama, 40-year-old Schwarzer said he expected to move in the wake of the signing but ruled out heading back to Australia to play in the A-League.

"That's what I've heard (Stekelenburg's signing) and I've been hearing that for a while so it's no great surprise and I'll be looking for another club," Schwarzer told News Ltd. "Nothing has been sorted at the moment."

Schwarzer wants to keep playing first-team football ahead of next year's World Cup and he hoped that could be in England.

Asked if the A-League was a possibility, he said: "Not at this stage, no. My family's settled and the kids are in school and I wouldn't (move) my family anyway.

"And when you talk about the length of season, it's never ideal when it finishes in April so, as far as I'm concerned, I'll try and stay in Europe for as long as possible and England would be ideal."S

tekelenburg becomes Fulham's fourth signing of the off-season, following earlier moves for German full-back Sascha Riether, who spent last season on loan at Craven Cottage, Ghanaian midfielder Derek Boateng and Venezuelan defender Fernando Amorebieta.

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