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Riise eyes new Fulham deal

Defender wants to stay at Craven Cottage despite relegation to the Championship

Uncertain future: Fulham defender John Arne Riise is out of contract in the summer

John Arne Riise wants to stay at Fulham next season despite relegation from the Premier League.

Their fate was sealed at the weekend after being thrashed 4-1 by Stoke, while rivals Sunderland secured a shock win at Manchester United to send Feix Magath's men down to the Championship.

However, Riise, who is out of contract in the summer, is ready to pledge his future to the club as they try to bounce back from relegation at the first attempt.

Gutted: John Arne Riise of Fulham looks dejected after being relegated

He said: “My contract is up now. If I’m here or not next season I don’t know, but Fulham will always be in my heart.

"I haven’t spoken to the club because my focus has been keeping the club in the Premier League. If they want to keep me and everything is right for me then I’ll stay."

Riise made his 100th appearance for the club at the weekend as Magath's side went down with a whimper at the Britannia Stadium.

And the former Liverpool left-back, who turns 34 in September, admits it's the lowest point of his career.

"I’m absolutely gutted," he added. "This fantastic club belongs in the Premier League, so there were a lot of sad players in the dressing room.

“At the end of the day we haven’t been good enough during the season. The three bottom clubs deserve to go down.

“You have to perform at the highest level week in, week out, and we haven’t done that in certain games.

"It’s the first time I’ve experienced this kind of feeling. In my whole I career I thought about winning titles. I never for one second believed we would go down."

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