Iran World Cup star Ashkan Dejagah unsure of Fulham future

( | The Daily Star – Ashkan Dejagah is desperate for another World Cup super show – so he can stay in the Premier League.

The Fulham attacker was seconds away from helping Iran stun Argentina on Saturday in Belo Horizonte, before Lionel Messi’s late winner.

It was a performance which put the 27-year-old in the shop window following last season’s heartbreaking relegation at Craven Cottage.

Dejagah had a strong penalty shout turned down in the second half and went close with two other efforts as Iran almost snatched a draw.

And he has admitted he doesn’t fancy playing in the Championship when he returns to England.

“I don’t know what will happen next season. I still have a contract at Fulham and have liked it there but it is a hard situation,” Dejagah said.

“Of course, I want to play in the Premier League but I will focus here and then we will see what happens.

“It’s hard to put into words what was going through my mind when Messi scored. Of course, he is one of the best players in the world and that is what the best players do – change a result in one second.

“I hope we have showed the world that Iran can play football. We still have a chance to go through and who would have thought our World Cup would last longer than England and Spain.”



Iran take on Bosnia on Wednesday knowing a win could send them into the last 16.

Dejagah added: “We had such a bad feeling after the match because of the way it ended. As a team we had played so well and defended superbly.

“We tried to make it tough for them and with a little bit of luck we would have won this game or even got a draw.

“The manager always tries to make sure that when we are training we are defending well and I think that is the most important thing. We did it well and still have a chance to go through.

“We were very unlucky.”

The whole of Argentina breathed a massive sigh of relief when Messi popped up in stoppage time to notch a crucial second goal of the tournament.

But the wonder strike sparked a row between former Argentina FA chief Julio Grondona and Diego Marardona.

Grondona accused the national legend, who he sacked as national coach, of being a ‘jinx’ because Messi’s late strike only happened when he had left the Estadio Mineirao.

“The bad luck charm left the stadium and we won,” Grondona said

Maradona hit back and called him “a poor stupid fool” before giving him the middle finger on an Argentinian TV station.