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Alexey Smertin has admitted he is loving life with Fulham and would be more than happy to finish his career at Craven Cottage.

The Russian midfielder moved to West London in January and now under Lawrie Sanchez has become a mainstay of Fulham’s engine room.

The former Chelsea and Charlton man says he could not be happier with how things are going for him at Fulham.

“I’m very happy,” he told the club’s website.

“After playing for Charlton I decided to go back to Russia to settle down with my family but I was disappointed with the level in the Russian Premiership. Compared to English football it’s not the same – even though there are many good Russian players.

“I would love to finish my career at Fulham. It’s a good team and I feel very comfortable here and I’m very happy.

“I would love to get into Europe but I know it’s difficult because the Premier League is getting better and better every season and it’s less predictable.”