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Fulham defender determined to extend his current deal

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Fulham left back John Arne Riise has gone full circle and says he is ready to put pen to paper to extend his deal at Craven Cottage if he is in Rene Meulensteen's plans.

Riise had been left out in the cold under the management of Martin Jol for large periods of time but with Meulensteen in charge, the Norwegian has found himself back in the starting eleven.

Speaking to Sky Sports Riise said: "I have always been committed to the club, even when I was not playing. The reason I wanted to leave is because I was not playing and I had to think of my career.

"I am at the age where I need to play. The Fulham board know I want to stay. Hopefully we can talk about a new deal because if Rene wants to keep me on, then I want to stay."

Fulham have picked up some crucial wins recently with a last gasp winner at Norwich supported by another win against West Ham.

A humbling 6-0 loss to Hull City sandwiched in between these two victories has dented otherwise good progress and Riise is enjoying his football once again.

He added: "I went almost four months without playing and that is very frustrating for a player who has played almost every game his whole career.

"I could have moaned and not trained well but I kept my head down and worked hard. I have got that enjoyment back now and really love playing football here."

Fulham will play host to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

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