Fulham manager Martin Jol has said he is hopeful of keeping midfielder Giorgos Karagounis at the club for next season.

The Greece international, who signed for the Cottagers on a free transfer from Panathinaikos in September, has played a big part in Jol’s side this season having made 22 appearances so far, scoring two goals.

However the 36-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is still yet to agree a new deal so could potentially leave on a free transfer if he wishes.

Despite this the Fulham boss confident that he can keep the Greek international cap record holder in London and believes he will sign a new deal in the near future.

Jol told the Evening Standard: "Time is on our side, of course, because he will not go for £5m or £6m to another club.

"But, on the other hand, I do not want to see him go to other clubs. He is happy here."

Meanwhile, it is believed that the midfielder has settled well in London and so would be happy to stay with the club.

Karagounis added: “Fulham is a great team to play for and the club have impressed me.

"To compete in the Premier League is a joy for every footballer. It is one of the toughest leagues in the world and it is better than I imagined."

Both Jol and Karagounis will now be looking ahead to this weekend’s game against Aston Villa, as Fulham aim to achieve a top 10 finish for the third season in a row.

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