Hughes set to sign new deal with Fulham

Fulham manager Mark Hughes will sit down with the club to discuss a new deal in the summer, ending speculation he could move on.The former Manchester City boss has taken the Cottagers from relegation candidates to the brink of their best ever top-flight finish and that has attracted a number of clubs.

But Hughes is focussed on continuing his work at Craven Cottage.

“I’ve been speaking to the club for a number of weeks but we have not actually sat down and discussed the fine details of it,” Hughes said.

“Conversations have taken place and I am sure we will get where we want to get.”

“What I have been trying to reaffirm to everybody is that I am very happy here.”

“I have a good support network that allows me to do my job well and that is not something you walk away quickly from.”

On the subject of Sunday’s opponents, Hughes has pinpointed the moment he thinks Arsenal went from quadruple contenders to Premier League also-rans but he is aware of the threat they still pose.

“The League Cup final affected them and they haven’t seemed to have recovered from that,” Hughes said.

“They still have the potential to create chances and win Premier League games. I know in recent weeks results haven’t gone their way but they still had the ability to beat Manchester United.”

The final game of the season could give Hughes the chance to prove to striker Andrew Johnson, who has been linked with a move away in the summer, that he still has a future at the club.

“He is contracted to the club and Andy is playing really well now,” Hughes said.

“The end of the season has probably come too soon for him because he is probably looking as sharp as I have seen him.”

One striker that will not be featuring is Mousa Dembele who has been ruled out of the final game with a knee injury but midfielder Simon Davies has a chance of playing after recovering from a calf injury and making a successful return to training after missing the win over Birmingham.

Damien Duff is ruled out with a knee complaint.

 


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