Hodgson and Hangeland to extend deals with Fulham

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Hot on the heels of Fulham's victory over Blackburn that propelled the Londoners into the top half of the table there was further grounds for optimism yesterday when their manager, Roy Hodgson, agreed to extend his contract and their key central defender, Brede Hangeland, also committed his future to the club.

Hodgson's current deal expires at the end of the season and he recently turned down approaches from Sweden and Norway to return to international management. Club lawyers are currently putting the paperwork together on a rolling contract for the 62-year-old former Blackburn and Internazionale manager, who guided the club into the Europa League this season.

"I spoke to the chairman and it's not been a difficult discussion," Hodgson said. "I can't put a timescale on it but we are basically in agreement. It seems everyone is keen for me to stay and I've always made it clear I'm happy to stay. I've never made any secret of the fact I'm enjoying it here. It's just a question now of putting the contract discussions on to paper. The club's lawyers are looking at it and I'll get someone to look at it from my side. Hopefully all will be well and I'll be able to stay longer."

Hangeland has previously been linked with a move away from Fulham but the centre-back is also close to signing a new deal. "It's been sorted out and my information is that we will both sign very, very shortly," Hodgson said. "I'm delighted. If I'm going to stay I'm hoping some of these players stay as well and give us success."