Hangeland Plays Down Exit Talk

Last updated : 27 December 2008 By Sam
The Norwegian international centre-back has beenthe subject of media reports suggesting he could leave Craven Cottage in the January transfer window.

"I can see myself staying here a long time," Hangeland told the Guardian.

"The first 12 months have been excellent and I wouldn't mind staying for some time to come.

"It feels as if we are building something. We definitely want to push on, improve and certainly avoid what happened last year because that was a nerve-racking experience.

"It's about continuing to climb the table but, on the other hand, we must stay realistic.

"We are a small club in among a lot of good teams, so the sooner we can secure the points we need to avoid relegation, the better."