Fulham favour Europa League entry

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Fulham manager Mark Hughes would relish the chance to compete in the Europa League next season, regardless of how many extra games the competition adds to an already congested fixture list.

The Cottagers are set to be offered entry into next year's European competition through the UEFA fair play ranking system, and Hughes believes the opportunity is too good to turn down.

Having reached the Europa League final under former manager Roy Hodgson last season, the West London club have fond memories, and would be keen to bring European football to Craven Cottage again next season.

"If we get into the competition, we will be delighted and we will try and progress as far as we can," said Hughes.


"We are very close, but a lot of things have to fall into place before we can say we are playing in Europe next season, but if we are, we will give it a go."

Despite the prospect of an early return to pre-season, and the first round of qualifiers to be played next month, Hughes is confident of the success the competition can bring.

"It is a difficult competition to negotiate because of the time frame and the amount of games you have to play.

"If you want to progress you have to come back very early and start playing football almost immediately when you come back."

The sentiment is echoed by the playing squad too, with Northern Ireland international Aaron Hughes also keen for another crack at the competition.

"To play in Europe again would be a massive thing – the whole European experience was fantastic."

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