Hangeland happy with Fulham

Norway international Brede Hangeland is pleased that he rejected Arsenal's overtures last summer and opted to remain at Fulham.

The central defender was one of the players of the 2008-09 campaign and was tipped to leave Craven Cottage when the Gunners enquired about his services, but he decided to stay with Roy Hodgson's team and has played a key role in their run to the Europa League Final.

He said:"I've had so many great nights at Fulham and that (Thursday's semi-final second leg victory against Hamburg) was probably the best one.

"I signed my new contract here so I could take part in games like that and I'm really happy to be at this club. Does this justify rejecting a move to Arsenal? I think so.

"Nights like that are for the history books and something I will always remember.

"It's hard to believe what has happened. We started playing in July and it feels like an eternity ago. To be in the final after all these great games and the top-class opposition is something we'll always remember.

"Making the final is a great achievement. I don't think we have much to lose now. We should just go and enjoy the game and see what happens.

"I should have had a bet on us being the only British team to make a Euro final – I'd be a very rich man. It's fantastic to be the only British club left in Europe. We can win the trophy.

"Obviously, Atletico (Madrid) will be favourites but we'll do our best and see if that's good enough."

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