Jol optimistic Hangeland will sign new Fulham contract

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 offer
Fulham 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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And the 56-year-old revealed that the club have already offered the Norwegian a new deal which he hoped could lead to a conclusion in talks before Christmas.

"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.