Mark Hughes upbeat on Mark Schwarzer stay

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Fulham boss Mark Hughes has not given up hope of Mark Schwarzer signing a new deal with the club.

The former Middlesbrough goalkeeper seemed certain to leave Craven Cottage in the summer when he was linked with a move to Arsenal.

However, he remained with the Cottagers although David Stockdale played in goal for several games at the start of the campaign before suffering an injury.

Australia international Schwarzer has since returned to the fold and impressed in recent games, but Hughes is aware that his contract expires at the end of the season.

However, Hughes said:"We've been talking with Mark in recent weeks and, hopefully, we'll soon have some good news about his future.

"We are confident he is going to be our keeper."

The 38-year-old has made 112 starts for Fulham since his transfer from Boro in the summer of 2008.

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