Hangeland hopeful on contract

18 October 2009 06:09
Brede Hangeland would like to sort out a new deal in the near future but maintains that his main focus is on playing well for Fulham. The Norwegian defender's future was the subject of intense speculation during the transfer window and there were rumours that Arsenal were interested in securing his services. Hangeland always maintained that he was happy at Craven Cottage but a contract extension still has not been agreed. He is keen for the situation to be resolved but concedes he never really paid much attention to the transfer talk during the summer. "We have had a couple of meetings (about a new contract) and hopefully it won't be long," said Hangeland. "It's nice when people think I've done well but I don't really know how much was in that speculation (linking him with Arsenal). "In the summer there will always be rumours. I just concentrate on the training ground and the pitch." Fulham face Hull City in the Premier League on Monday before turning their focus to the Europa League and a clash with Roma on Thursday. Hangeland insists the Cottagers should savour the experience of playing in Europe and not consider it a hindrance to their chances of domestic success. "From my point of view I think we should never use Europe as an excuse for not doing so well in the league," he said. "Getting into Europe is a bonus from doing well last year. We should never feel sorry for playing in those games. "It's a great experience. It's about being able to handle a few more games. I think we've done that but we can always do better."

Source: SKY_Sports

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