Martin Jol has revealed that he is hoping to begin talks with Giorgos Karagounis over extending his stay at Craven Cottage for another season.
The Fulham manager has been impressed with the veteran midfielder since signing the Greek international to fill the gaps left by the August departures of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele. Karagounis, now 35, has been outstanding since coming into the Fulham side in November and has been a regular with Mahamadou Diarra missing due to a knee injury.
Giorgios loves to play here. And if we feel the moment is right we will sit down with him and offer him a new contract. He’s not the youngest. But every time we get other players in, you miss him.
Last week I didn’t play him because I was annoyed because he was playing for the Greece national team, he played 70 minutes and that is not what you want, so I played Emmanuel Frimpong.
Karagounis, who was part of the Greek side who lifted the European Championship back in 2004 and captained his country at last summer’s tournament, was intially brought in on a short-term and has 18 appearances for Fulham this season. He has scored two terrific long-range strikes against Blackpool – to force a third round replay in the FA Cup – and against Wigan.