Murphy set for new Fulham deal

Hughes feels Cottagers close to agreeing contract extension

Murphy: Set to stay with Fulham

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Fulham manager Mark Hughes believes Danny Murphy is set to sign a contract extension with the club.

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The 33-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer and Hughes has revealed that the Cottagers are close to agreeing a new deal.

Murphy signed from Tottenham in 2007 and has racked up almost 150 appearances for Fulham.

He remains a key man under Hughes having missed just one Premier League game so far this season.

"We are still talking but we are very hopeful that a deal will be concluded very quickly," said the Fulham boss.

Fit guy

"There's a will to do it on both sides. Danny's a fit guy, leads his life well, and there's no reason why he cannot play at the top level for a number of years."

Murphy came through Crewe's renowned academy before earning a move to Liverpool in 1997, making 249 appearances for the Reds.

He won nine England caps during his time at Anfield, leaving for Charlton in 2004 and spending the 2006/07 season at Tottenham.

Murphy scored the goal which secured Fulham's Premier League survival at the end of the 2007/08 season and was captain for the club's first European final last season, when Atletico Madrid beat the Cottagers to win the Europa League.