Hangeland 'some way' from agreeing new deal with Fulham

The centre-back has confirmed that he is not close to signing a new contract with the club, with his current deal at Craven Cottage set to expire next summer, but remains relaxed

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has yet to agree terms for a new contract at the club, and it is not close doing so at present, he revealed.

The Cottagers will be keen for a resolution to this matter as soon as possible, with the prospect of losing him on a free next summer not an attractive proposition for them. But Hangeland's agent Rune Hauge revealed on Norwegian television that he is "not even close" to signing a new deal.

The 31-year-old, who has been at the club since 2008, was questioned about his future after he captained Norway in a 3-2 home defeat to Greece, and gave little clue on where his future lies.

"When we haven't signed a contract at this point, then it's fairly obvious that we haven't reached an agreement. Rune is right about that," he told reporters.

Although appearing rather non-committal in his interview after the game, Hangeland did admit that a decision will be made about his long-term future in the coming months.

He added: "I am quite relaxed compared to many other players who begin to unwind as they have one year left on their contract.

"As long as I do not get injured there is no problem - I'll decide sometime during this year."