Amid speculation of a move to Queens Park Rangers in a coaching role under former manager Mark Hughes, current boss, Martin Jol, has stated that his captain can make his own decision about his future, but has also admitted that there are 'talks', no matter how serious.
The Daily Mail yesterday reported that Queens Park Rangers had made an offer to Murphy in which he would move to Loftus Road, following in the path of Hughes and Bobby Zamora, in a coaching role, something the former Liverpool man has expressed an interest in.
As it stands, talks over a new Fulham deal for Murphy have stalled and he will be free to talk with clubs once his deal expires at the end of this season. A move to QPR, though, in any capacity, will dependent on their final league standing. If the West London side get relegated, Murphy will deny any move.
Hughes and Murphy did have a good relationship when the pair were together at Craven Cottage, though, and there is potential for the move to go ahead. Yet, whether the midfielder, who has been at Fulham since 2007, would move to a local rival is up for debate.
Despite Murphy's palpable influence on the team, Jol, when asked about his captain's possible departure, was somewhat coy.
"He is a free agent and he can do what he wants to do," said Jol.
"But we talk to him as well. He could do a similar [coaching] thing here."