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Brede Hangeland hopeful of long Fulham stay for Roy Hodgson

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland hopes manager Roy Hodgson remains at the club for years to come in the wake of rumours linking the experienced boss with other teams.

Hodgson has garnered high praise over the last two years, steering Fulham from relegation candidates to Europa League finalists with limited resources at his disposal.

The former Switzerland and Inter boss has had his name mentioned in the Liverpool managerial saga but has moved to declare his commitment to his contract at Craven Cottage.

Hangeland attributes the club's change of fortunes to the man who brought him to the club.

"I hope Roy will stay for a long time," he said, according to Sky Sports. "He's a great manager and we all enjoy working with him.

"I haven't thought about whether success could cost us our manager and that certainly won't stop us from trying our best.

"It's a bit of a fairytale for this club and I'd say it's mostly down to him. You could write a book about what makes him special."

Fulham take on Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final on Wednesday and Hangeland believes achieving glory in Hamburg would be the icing on the cake of another progressive season.

"Hopefully we can top what we've achieved by winning the final. When we started we didn't even think about reaching the final.

"The Europa League was almost a distraction to the Premier League but the closer you get the more you think about it.

"It would be massive to win the final, though it's great to have got this far.

"If we win it's a bonus and while we'll try to do our best, it's important to enjoy it."

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