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Fulham boss Jol keen to tie Murphy to new deal

Fulham boss Martin Jol hopes skipper Danny Murphy will remain at Craven Cottage. The 35-year-olds contract runs out at the end of the season and a new deal has yet to be agreed, although Jol is hopeful terms can be sorted.

"He is part of our playing culture," the Dutchman said. "That is what you see most of the time.

"He is our link-up player and if he is not there you get a different style.

"But of course Danny is not 22 or 18 like [Kerim] Frei so sometimes you have to create your own options.

"If he is not there or cannot play all the games, I wanted somebody who can fill in for him.

"Dickson Etuhu is not a link-up player, he is a defensive midfield player so we brought in Mahamadou Diarra.

"He is very important to our playing culture.

"[I can see him staying for at least another year] if we can agree on the terms as we have offered him a new deal."

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