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Hodgson eyes Hangeland stay
18 Dec 2008 - 13:18:29
Manager Roy Hodgson is re-affirmed his desire to keep Fulham captain Brede Hangeland at Craven Cottage beyond the January transfer window.
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 Hodgson is keen to ward off any potential interest.
He told the club's official website: "We've got a good club here and the makings of a good team and it's not in our interest to let players go.
"We'll be trying desperately to hang on to the good players we've got.
"Brede is fully aware of what I, the coaching staff and his team-mates think of him.
"He knows he's a very respected and well-liked player in our club and team. We'd do everything in our power to keep him."
Hodgson had previously admitted that Fulham could find it hard to turn down a major bid for Hangeland, who joined the Cottagers from FC Copenhagen in January.