The Dutch boss has confirmed that talks are ongoing between the London club and the experienced centre-back and believes that the Cottagers have made a strong offerFulham manager Martin Jol is optimistic club captain Brede Hangeland will sign a contract extension by the end of the year to remain at Craven Cottage, despite the centre-back being free to talk to other clubs in January.
The 31-year-old has yet to commit his future to the west London side, with his current deal set to expire next summer - but the Dutch boss is confident of securing the experienced defender's signature.
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"We are talking to [Hangeland]," he told the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle. "He knows what we've offered him is good so hopefully he will make a decision in the next month or so. We're optimistic."
Fulham currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League with 16 points from 13 games, but lost 1-0 to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
Hangeland missed the match at the Britannia Stadium due to the three-match suspension he received for a straight red card during the Cottagers' 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland last weekend, and will be out until the game against Newcastle on December 10.