Hodgson focused on keeping Hangeland

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Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is determined to do everything he can to persuade Arsenal target Brede Hangeland to stay at Craven Cottage.

The Norway international defender has been one of the successes of Fulham's record-breaking season. He has been consistently linked with the Gunners after an excellent season that saw Fulham clinch their highest ever top-flight finish despite a 2-0 home defeat by Everton on Sunday.

"We'll do everything in our power to keep Brede," said Hodgson. "Everyone knows he's a player that we love. He's still contracted to us and we want to keep him."

He added: "We're doing everything in our power - but our power sometimes can't be compared to the power of other clubs."

Meanwhile captain Danny Murphy has warned his team-mates they will have to be even better next season because their top-flight opponents are now fully aware they are no longer "pushovers".

"It is now going to be about managing our expectancy levels," said Murphy.

"We all want to improve but we also realise the importance of being realistic and not looking too far beyond our reach.

"Even though we've done brilliantly this season and set a new club record with our league position, we know we're going to have to be as good, if not better, next season.

"Other teams are now aware that we are a good side, that we've got a way of playing and they'll be looking to stop us.

"I think some of our opponents were taken aback a bit by us earlier in the season, thinking we would be pushovers. But, especially, against the big four teams, we certainly haven't been that, we've been a match for nearly everyone on our day."

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