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FULHAM central defender Brede Hangeland is looking forward to working with his new manager Mark Hughes.

AUGUST, 1. 2010 Hughes will be unveiled at Craven Cottage on Tuesday and the 29-year-old Norwegian is pleased the club have found a replacement for Roy Hodgson, who left for Liverpool earlier in the summer. Hangeland said: "He knows what we can do and we're looking forward to working with him from Monday.

"We're really happy to have a manager. I think we've got some good players and hopefully he can move us along in the right direction," he said.

"We've always been a team and hopefully we can still be under his guidance."

Hangeland has been linked with other clubs but insists he is not looking at a future away from Fulham, adding: "I've always been happy here and I've always said that."

Hughes watched yesterday's 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat at Portsmouth from the stands and Hangeland admitted afterwards: "I think he is probably not too impressed.

"We would like to have won but it matters more in a couple of weeks. Fitness is the most important thing - and preparing for when the Premier League starts."

The Cottagers begin their campaign with a match at Bolton on August 14.

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