Danny Murphy indicates he wants to remain at Fulham

 

Fulham captain Danny Murphy has indicated he would be happy to finish his career at Craven Cottage.

The 35-year-old former Liverpool, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder is out of contract in the summer, but is in talks with the west London club over an extension.

Murphy, signed from Spurs in August 2007, remains relaxed about his future, but maintained there was no truth in reports he was set to join up with former Cottagers boss Mark Hughes, now at QPR.

"I have no desire to be anywhere else. There is always speculation when you haven't signed a contract," Murphy told reporters.

"You know what it is like with contract talks. They are kind of ongoing, and are never a one-meeting thing.

"There are always different parts of contracts that need tweaking and negotiating.

"It is just a case of nailing down a few things, little clauses and stuff, but I have got no desire to be anywhere else.

"I think I will talk to them probably next week and hopefully finalise things then."

Murphy helped Fulham reach the 2010 Europa League final under Roy Hodgson.

He added: "Of course, in the last five years, I have got a lot to be thankful for at this club, and I would like to think I have repaid them with consistent performances and being available for all that time.

"It works well both ways. I would like to think that I have done my bit and they have given me the platform to play for the last four or five years."

Fulham have continued to improve under Martin Jol and currently lie ninth in the Barclays Premier League after Saturday's late 2-1 victory against in-form Wigan and have four games remaining.

Jol has challenged his side to push on.

"I want to be a mid-table side, or even a bit better, from the start until the end of the season because if you struggle to be in mid-table until the last game of the season, then that is not what you want," the Dutchman said.

"We were probably safe [from relegation] six weeks ago so that is good, especially if you recognise the fact that we changed our formation and brought in five or six new players.

"So I am very pleased that we are on almost similar points that we were on at the same stage last year."

Fulham are unbeaten since losing three straight league games in March, but that record faces a tough test at Everton this weekend.

Jol, however, remains positive. He said: "Everyone tells me, week in week out, that Everton are a fantastic side so if that is true then we are pretty good as well because we are just two points behind them."

The Fulham Supporters' Trust, meanwhile, have renewed calls for Hammersmith and Fulham Council to approve ground improvement plans.

Craven Cottage sits in a unique location on the banks of the Thames and local residents have given their backing to the latest proposals for renovations of the Riverside Stand, which could see capacity increased to some 30,000.

FST chairman Gerry Claydon said: "The Fulham Supporters' Trust enthusiastically endorses these proposals, which offer the opportunity for Fulham Football Club to build on the team's outstanding recent success and plan for an exciting future at Craven Cottage."

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