May 6 2012 By Yann Tear
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MARTIN JOL says he does not believe Danny Murphy has played his last game for Fulham.
The Whites skipper (pictured) received a rousing reception from Fulham fans when they paraded with the team after today's final home game of the season at the Cottage.
It felt for all the world as if the Whites skipper was saying goodbye.
But after today's 2-1 victory over Sunderland, the Fulham boss said he did not want to think about possible summer departures, least of all Murphy.
Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele have also be the target of speculation.
“I don't want to think about that sort of negativity now,” said the Dutchman.
“I want to enjoy today. I want to be positive and not talk about the scenario that a couple of players won't be here.
“As you saw today, he [Murphy] made us tick again first half, so I can't believe that Danny Murphy played his last game today.
“If all the players are here, we will only get better. We are trying to create a very good squad.”
Without doubt, Dempsey will be the key business of the summer for Fulham. The USA striker's free-kick goal took his goal tally to 23 but so far he has stalled on a new deal.
“He knows what the fans think of him and hopefully it's enough for him to sign his contract,” Jol said.
“I know that he will get even better. You talk to him and he wants to get better because, of course, he's not perfect. He's improving.
“We didn't know that he could take these free-kicks at the start of the season, so he never took them.
"But then against Bolton, out of nothing he scored in the top corner and he did it again today, so it's maybe something for the future.”