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Brede Hangeland says Fulham’s European exploits prove that he was right to pledge his future to the club this season.

The Norway captain was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer transfer window but Hangeland always insisted he wanted to stay with Fulham and signed a new contract towards the end of last year. Hangeland headed the crucial away goal that helped carry the Cottagers past Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday and into the last sixteen of the Europa League.

We are definitely having a good time at the moment. From the time I came here I always wanted to stay. It’s been a great club and we have been going in the right direction for the past two seasons.

It has been great to be a part of the Europa League run and we also have the FA Cup to look forward to. To have the reward of a European campaign on the back of a good season last year is very nice.

I love the FA Cup, I grew up watching it in Norway and would try and watch all the games throughout the competition. I played in a Cup final there but I guess it’s not like Wembley. Getting to Wembley would be very special – we’re all looking forward to the game [the quarter final against Tottenham next Saturday].