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There’s still a certain amount of nervousness amongst Fulham fans about the ever-so-slightly veiled interest in Brede Hangeland from supposedly bigger club which has been stoked up by the press since the opinion formers noticed that he’s actually been playing well of late.

The Norway captain has once again sought to allay those fears in the Independent today (although, I think I’ve read these quotes somewhere else recently).

One of my main ambitions was to play in the Premier League, and I’ve achieved that coming to Fulham – I’m really happy here. It’s all about doing a good job for the team – and if I do that then I’m happy. I’m just working hard every week to prove I’m good enough to play here, and it’s nice when people think you’re doing well.”

In another plus for the Hodgson regime, the giant defender reckons this is the hardest he’s trained in all of his career. Makes a welcome change from the laidback Coleman style, which might have been responsible for the sudden regression of some of our promising players (like Collins John or Moritz Volz).

We’ve done more work in nine months here than I’ve ever done before, so it’s good. We work really hard – almost every day – on our shape and defending as a team.