Hangeland still one of Roy's boys

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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is confident star defender Brede Hangeland will remain with the club despite continued speculation linking him with a move.

Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City have all reportedly expressed an interest in signing the Norwegian, who is still in discussions over a new contract with the Cottagers.

Speaking after Fulham's friendly win over Melbourne Victory, Hodgson said: "He's a Fulham player, he's got a two-year contract at Fulham. We don't really intend to sell him, and he's very happy at the club."

He added: "We've even offered him a new contract, an improved contract, which I think he's mulling over. Because he hasn't immediately jumped at the chance of a new contract, people are suggesting that there will be some movement. But I will be surprised if he moved."

However, Hodgson accepts there may well come a time when Hangeland moves on to a bigger club.

"Like everything else, Cristiano Ronaldo goes from Manchester United to Real Madrid, Kaka leaves Milan, there's always going to be bigger teams out there than the team you're working for," the former Inter Milan boss added.

"But Hangeland is a very loyal man, he's very happy at Fulham, so it would take a lot to move him but I can't give a stone-based guarantee that he won't leave us at some stage."

Hodgson was also asked about the future of striker Bobby Zamora, after Hull boss Phil Brown confirmed his club had made a "firm and substantial" bid for the former West Ham man.

"I don't know anything about it," Hodgson responded. "I spoke to the chief executive on Friday and he may have something different to say when I speak to him on Saturday night. At that stage there had been no offer for Bobby Zamora.

"I don't know if that is just paper talk or they have made a bid for him. At this moment in time I couldn't confirm or deny it."

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