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Fulham captain Danny Murphy has revealed he will play on as long as he has a good Fulham team around him.

The Whites captain was awarded a one-year extension to his current deal last month that takes him to 35 by the time it runs out in July 2012 – but he admitted he could play on after that.

Manager Mark Hughes insists the midfielder could go on for years – although Murphy joked that facing Chelsea each week would hasten his retirement after Monday’s tough 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

He added: “But I’ve only had one injury since I’ve been here that put me out for six weeks last year. There can only be either Brede (Hangeland) or Hughesy (Aaron Hughes) that have played more games than me.

“I’m quite durable, never needed an operation in my career, and I’ve been quite pleased with fitness and performance this season.

“But the team around me has to be right as well. The game’s becoming more physical every year and to be fair to the gaffer and the lads – we’ve got some great athletes here.

“I’ll play as long as I have an impact, although I won’t be going down the divisions just so I can hang on for dear life.”