Hangeland ‘not close’ to new deal

The 31-year-old Norway international has been at Craven Cottage

since 2008 but his current deal expires next summer and Hauge was

quoted on Norweigian TV channel tv2 as saying Hangeland was ‘not

even close’ to penning a new contract.

Hangeland was questioned about the situation after he captained

Norway in a 3-2 home defeat to Greece and was equally as


“When we haven’t signed a contract at this point, then it’s

fairly obvious that we haven’t reached an agreement. Rune is right

about that,” he said.

But the former FC Copenhagen defender did admit a decision about

his future will be made at some point during the coming months.

He said: “I am quite relaxed compared to many other players who

begin to unwind as they have one year left on their contract.

“As long as I do not get injured there is no problem – I’ll

decide sometime during this year.”