Fulham defender Brede Hangeland hopes to turn his stay at Fulham into another Thriller.

Norwegian defender Brede Hangeland, 29, welcomed owner Mohamed Al Fayed’s decision to unveil a statue of pop singer Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage before today’s game with Blackpool.

But he revealed he doesn’t know which way his career will go if Fulham end up being relegated.

He said: “I have two years left on my contract after this season. If we go down I will have to think. But I am confident we will stay up and I can continue living in London. You could live here for 100 years and only see half of it.”

Hangeland has been linked with a move to Arsenal or Manchester United, particularly following the Cottagers’ incredible surge to last season’s Europa League Final.

He said: “These have only been rumours. For now I am happy here.

“Fulham have been great for me, the owner has been excellent. Without him this club might have died. If he wants to put up a statue of Michael Jackson then good luck to him.

“We listen to his songs in our dressing room and Jimmy Bullard once did a marvellous moonwalk to Thriller. It could sum this place up.

“I love being here. The only thing that would make it better is more competition. Because of injuries, it’s been just Aaron Hughes and myself in central defence. That is wrong.”