No offers for Hangeland

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Brede Hangeland has reiterated he is yet to receive any offers from other clubs.

Fulham defender would be happy if no offers came in for him

Brede Hangeland has reiterated that he is yet to receive any offers from other clubs, adding that he would be happy if that remained the case. The 27-year-old has been consistently linked with a move away from Craven Cottage this summer after some outstanding performances at the heart of Fulham's defence this term. However the Norwegian international has refreshingly never hankered after a move away from west London, instead insisting that he is happy where he is. Despite the likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa being linked with the big defender Hangeland reveals that no official approach has been made by any clubs. "I haven't heard anything and therefore I don't think about it," he told Dagbladet. "I am a Fulham player and in case this will be my only Premier League club, it will be all fine with me."

Experience

Meanwhile Cottagers manager Roy Hodgson, whose side are just a win away from claiming seventh place, believes experience is one of the reasons behind his side's success this campaign. "It has been quite interesting that quite a few senior people in football have succeeded this year," he said. "You take Sir Alex (Ferguson), (Guus) Hiddink, (Tony) Pulis has been around a long time and Harry Redknapp and the fantastic job he's done. "So it's been a year where people are taking a look and saying 'hang on, maybe experience does have some benefits'. "Unfortunately you have to get the experience. The only reason myself and Guus, Alex and the others are successful is that we've been lucky enough to get the jobs over 30 or so years." Fulham know that a win, and even a point if Tottenham fail to beat Liverpool at Anfield, at home to Everton will see them claim a Europa League place for next season. The achievement is made all the more remarkable when you consider the club saved their Premier League lives on the last day of the 2007/08 season. "The Europa League, encompassing all the old cups that used to exist, is going to be a secondary Champions League but one where a lot of very good clubs from a lot of countries are going to be taking part," he highlighted. "It's exciting and interesting to think that you might be up there playing against them."
Tough times ahead
However Hodgson knows that his squad will have to be greatly expanded if they are to compete at home and abroad next term. "There is no doubt we need more players to strengthen our squad which is only 20-strong," he declared. "We are in a recession. We've seen many, many clubs - not small clubs, teams like Southampton - in grave difficulty and that is going to colour everyone's view of transfer policies and wages during the summer. "We have a small squad at the moment and that will become even smaller when Olivier Dacourt either retires or goes back to France and on-loan Giles Barnes returns to Derby County. "I'm hoping we are going to be able to identify the right people and that the chairman will see fit to bring them to the club."

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