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Molenaar to leave City?

Adam Bell  Friday, April 20, 2001  13:06 GMT

Robert Molenaar is free to talk to other clubs in the summer because of a relegation clause in his Bradford City contract.

The Terminator has been a smash hit with Bantams fans since a £500,000 move from Leeds four months ago. And he has proved his fitness after nearly two years of injury exile at Elland Road by playing in every game.

But if City go down – and that could be confirmed tomorrow if they fail to beat Derby and Middlesbrough win – his short-term deal will expire.

And while Molenaar, 32, would be happy to stay at Valley Parade, he is just as keen to remain a Premiership player. He said: "The club signed me for a year and a half, with a clause in it that my contract would end with relegation. That doesn't mean I'm going to leave but obviously there will have to be another contract negotiated. And from my point of view, it will give other clubs the chance to come in.

"I came from Leeds to Bradford very glad to be able to perform at Premiership level. That's always been my aim since coming to England and I would like to keep that up.

"We'll have to see what happens. I do like it at Bradford so nothing is out of the question.

"But it is early days and when you aren't mathematically relegated it's not the right time. I'll let the dust settle before sitting down with the manager."

Molenaar will push thoughts of the future to the back of his mind as he concentrates on shackling Derby with new central partner Andy Myers.

He said: "It was always going to be an uphill struggle from the day I came. It could be the end tomorrow but you have to keep on going.

"Relegation has been lingering for a few weeks, even months, because the results and performances haven't been very good. In a lot of games we weren't creating any chances but now we are so we have that little bit of hope.

"It's a big disappointment to lose David Wetherall because the squad isn't that big in the defenders department. But the last couple of games with Andy Myers in the middle of the park have worked out pretty well.

"It was about time we got a clean sheet last week. We are creating a lot more chances, which is the most positive thing, but you have to keep a cleansheet to win games."

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