Joao Palhinha has told the Portuguese media that he was delighted with his first season at Fulham and has no intention of leaving Craven Cottage.

The Portuguese international quickly became a cult hero amongst the Fulham fanbase after his imperious performances in Marco Silva’s midfield having signed from Sporting for an initial fee of just over £17m. The 28 year-old led the English top flight in terms of number of tackles (147) and most successful tackles (83) as well as scoring four goals in forty games as the Whites finished tenth after being tipped for relegation.

Palhinha told Eleven Sports this weekend:

“It was my first season outside my country – the Portuguese league – the first time I’d left Portugal. It was a change. It was everything together and I think I faced this challenge very well. It is a league that suits my characteristics and qualities very well. I’ve settled here very well: like a glove. I’m very happy here and so is my family. At the moment, I’m very happy here [at Fulham] and I want to continue around here. I think it’s the league that suits my football.”