Fulham manager Martin Jol has expressed his delight at captain Brede Hangeland finally signing a new deal at Craven Cottage.
The West London club have been in tough negotiations with the Norwegian for over three months and have finally struck a deal to keep the 31 year old at the club for a further two years.
A whole host of big clubs were circling after it was thought that the sturdy centre back would be available on a free transfer in the summer but their hopes have now been dashed.
The Cottagers still have a large number of players out of contract this summer but Hangeland was the main target to get signed up for the foreseeable future.
Jol was clearly delighted with his captain at signing a new deal ahead of the crucial West London derby against Queens Park Rangers on Monday night.
“We are ever so satisfied that he signed his contract because you never know,” Jol told Sky Sports.
“It was quite challenging trying to keep him.
“It was quite exciting because I thought I could lose him. He was a tower of strength this year, last year and before I came here.
“He was on a free at the end of the year. It took a long time. We did everything and in the end it was a happy ending for us. He came in to sign it on Thursday and it was a relief.
“I don’t think it is extraordinary that a player like Hangeland wants to stay here. All the players want to play here in London for Fulham.
“He can be grateful and we are happy he is staying. He is a very good player, one of the best players in the division in his position.”
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