Hodgson happy to hang on to Hangeland

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Roy Hodgson is surprised no club has bid for Brede Hangeland - but is still keen to hang on to his prize asset.

Hodgson revealed that Fulham have not received any inquiry for the defender and believes that some rumours of Hangeland wanting to leave may have been instigated by his agent.

"It has been an incredible summer of mass media speculation, which I'm quite pleased about - because Brede deserves it," said Hodgson.

"But the simple truth is not once has a club rung me or (Fulham chief executive) Alistair (Mackintosh) and asked about Brede and what price we'd need to sell him.

"I'm a little bit surprised that we haven't had any clubs knocking on the door saying we want to buy him from you, but I'm obviously not regretting it.

"We have had to accept that, because he is anxious to get a new contract at this club, his agent has been quite active at marketing him."

Only Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool boasted a better defensive record than Fulham last year - when they conceded just 34 goals in the Barclays Premier League.

Hangeland was an ever-present part of that defence, making 44 appearances to help Fulham qualify for this year's Europa League.

He has continued to impress at the heart of the Cottagers defence this season, and Arsene Wenger has publicly stated his admiration for the player - sparking rumours that the 28-year-old could leave Craven Cottage.

Hangeland is expected to line up against Aston Villa on Sunday as Fulham look to bounce back from last week's defeat to Chelsea.

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