Fulham defender Brede Hangeland says he is in no rush to sign a new deal at Craven Cottage, intensifying speculation that he could soon be departing for pastures new. The 6ft 5in centre-back has made 52 league appearances for Roy Hodgson's side since arriving in January 2008, with the 28-year-old's rock-solid form last season helping the Cottagers seal a Europa League place, 12 months after avoiding relegation on the final day of the campaign. As a result, the Norwegian international - who has featured 50 times for his country - has been linked with moves to Aston Villa and Manchester City. While North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are also on the lookout for a new central defender, with Arsene Wenger set to lose Kolo Toure to Manchester City and Harry Redknapp seeing Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King all suffer injuries. Hangeland has previously pledged his allegiance to Fulham, insisting he was happy to stay at the club and assist them in their European quest in 2009/10. However, the stopper has now revealed that is in no hurry to agree a new deal. "I’m not in a rush to sign the contract. We will wait and see what happens," he said in the the Daily Telegraph. NEWS: Hangeland happy to stay at Fulham NEWS: Hangeland agent quiet on Arsenal interest
29 July 2009
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