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Happy Hangeland staying put
23 Dec 2008 - 09:03:33
Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has attempted to nip speculation linking him with a move away from Craven Cottage in the bud by claiming he wants to stay a the club for a long time.
The 27-year-old Norway international has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs after some impressive displays for the Cottagers.
But Hangeland claims he is happy at the west London club and has hinted that he would be prepared to sign a new long-term contract.
"I can see myself staying here a long time," said the defender, who joined the Cottagers from FC Copenhagen in January.
"The first 12 months have been excellent and I wouldn't mind staying for some time to come.
"It feels as if we are building something. We definitely want to push on, improve and certainly avoid what happened last year because that was a nerve-racking experience.
"It's about continuing to climb the table but, on the other hand, we must stay realistic.
"We are a small club in among a lot of good teams, so the sooner we can secure the points we need to avoid relegation, the better."