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Fulham manager Mark Hughes is ready to open negotiations with Fulham over an extension to his contract.

The Welshman signed a two-year deal last summer and, with the Cottagers on course for a top-ten finish, Hughes believes he merits a long-term deal.

Hughes admits he had already held preliminary talks with the board and he expects further discussions to lead him towards putting pen to paper.

“I’m hoping to sit down with the club and talk about it,” Hughes told The Mirror.

“I have 12 months left and we’ve had initial discussions, but nothing in terms of really extending the contract.

“Obviously I’m open to conversations in that respect, because I like this club. I think it’s a well-run club with good people and we can be successful.”

After a difficult first half to the season, Hughes has steadied the ship at Fulham, who are unbeaten in their last eight home games.

The former Manchester City boss admits he is happy with his current squad, but he expects to freshen up his squad in the summer nonetheless.

“What we’ve done since Christmas gives you encouragement for next year,” he said.

“We have good-quality players here and, like most clubs, we’ll try to add to that quality in the summer.

“If we can, I feel confident the next few years will be very successful.”