Jol hopeful over Hangeland contract extension

Negotiations with the defender over new terms have broken down, but the Fulham boss remains confident the situation will be resolved - insisting hold ups are common

Fulham manager Martin Jol is hopeful that captain Brede Hangeland will remain at the club beyond the end of the season, despite talks over a contract extension stalling.

The Norwegian centre-back has just six months left to run on his current deal, but talks of an extension have come to a halt.

Despite this, Jol remains optimistic over keeping his skipper at Craven Cottage, insisting that complications over new terms are common.

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"It's always the same with negotiations, they are going on and hopefully something will come off," Jol told the club’s official website.

Hangeland has been a regular in the heart of the Cottagers' defence since joining from FC Copenhagen in 2008, and QPR boss Harry Redknapp recently insisted that he had not made an approach for 31-year-old.

Jol added: "[Chief executive] Alistair [Mackintosh] is doing the negotiations and he will tell me straight away if something happens."