New Fulham deal for Senderos

Clive Rose

Former Arsenal man signs a one-year extension to his current contract

Fulham Football Club have officially confirmed that centre back, Philippe Senderos, has signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him in London until 2014.

The news comes hot off the back of Martin Jol's recent statements on player deals, the Dutchman claiming that much work is being done behind the scenes to tie up various loose ends.

Senderos, therefore, is likely to be the first of many and after clocking up nearly 50 appearances now for the Whites, the Swiss was clearly pleased to have agreed terms.

"I'm delighted to extend my stay with the Club by a further year," Senderos told fulhamfc.com.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fulham so far and I love playing for this Club.

"I'm relishing playing first-team football and I'm confident that we can continue our recent good form and end the season strongly. A top-10 finish is certainly achievable."

While proving himself as a competent Premier League performer, there have been some doubts over the 28 year-old's ability to hold a place in the first team but, under Jol's guidance, Senderos appears to be keeping Aaron Hughes at bay.

His partnership with Brede Hangeland makes for a formidable - if not quite mobile - centre back pairing but his inconsistent displays raise questions over his levels of concentration and awareness.

In Fulham's last game, for example, he allowed Peter Crouch to enter into a one-on-one with Mark Schwarzer after failing to hold off the Stoke City forward.

In contrast, though, his sheer presence and aerial capability allow Jol to choose between Senderos' physicality and Hughes' more mentally efficient game. Against Stoke, you could argue, Senderos was actually a good call.

As such, it should at least be a relief that the Swiss has put pen to paper on a new deal as, beyond him, Hughes and Hangeland, there's little else to shout about at centre back which, without doubt, is a concerning trait for any top flight football club.

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