Hangeland commits to Fulham

Fulham central defender Brede Hangeland has pledged his long-term future to the club by signing a new contract running until the summer of 2013.

The 28-year-old Norway international has been a key player for the Cottagers since his arrival from FC Copenhagen in January 2008, sparking talk of interest from a number of the Premier League's big guns.

However, Hangeland told his club's official website:"I am delighted to have just signed a new deal and hope that this will now end months of speculation about my future.

"I have always maintained that I am happy at Fulham and committed to doing everything I can to ensure on-going success of the team.

"It's great to see that the club has made great progress since I first joined in January 2008 which has seen the highest ever finish for the team in the club's 130-year history at the end of last season.

"This is a testament to everyone involved at the club including the manager and chairman, who is dedicated to the club."

Boss Roy Hodgson added:"I am delighted that Brede has been justly rewarded with a new deal and that he has committed his future to Fulham until 2013.

"He is an extremely important player for us and a model professional, so we are all very happy that he will be at Fulham for the long term."

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