Martin Jol hoping Karagounis will stay

Fulham manager Martin Jol

Both Fulham boss Martin Jol and midfielder Giorgos Karagounis have made it clear they hope a new deal can be sorted for the Greek star.

The 36-year-old is out of contract this summer but, after an impressive campaign for the Cottagers, he is likely to be offered a one-year extension to stay.

Jol says the veteran is happy in west London and hopes his future can be sorted soon.

“Time is on our side, of course, because he will not go for £5million or £6m to another club,” Jol said. “But, on the other hand, I do not want to see him go to other clubs. He is happy here.”

Karagounis, who joined Fulham on a free transfer from Panathinaikos in September, has also expressed his desire to stay after a better-than-expected spell in the Premier League.

He said: “Fulham is a great team to play for. The club have impressed me. To compete in the Premier League is a joy for every footballer. It is one of the toughest leagues in the world. It is better than I imagined.”

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