Fulham favourite John Pantsil has yet to hold talks with the English Premier League club over a new deal at Craven Cottage.
The right-back, who turns 30 in June, is out of contract this summer and is therefore now free to open up discussions about a free transfer move to another club at the end of his current deal.
But Pantsil, who joined Fulham from West Ham in July 2008, is desperate to prolong his stay with the Cottagers.
Ghanaian international Pantsil has played a key part in Fulham’s greatest spell in their history that included last season’s dramatic run to the Europa League final and he is keen to be a part of Mark Hughes’ plans.
However, Pantsil confirmed to the Chronicle that discussions have yet to take place.
“There has been nothing like that yet,” he said.
“For now, I am concentrating on my game and see what the manager comes up with.
“It is not about me proving myself. I know I am doing well, my team-mates have been here for me and the manager.
“I am just going to focus on my game and not about the contract, if I do that then I do not think I can perform. I will leave that to my agent and the manager.”
Pantsil endured an Anfield nightmare last Wednesday when he scored a crucial own goal, but the Craven Cottage faithful were chanting his name again during the 4-0 FA Cup thrashing of Spurs and he celebrated with his now customary victory lap of honour at the end.
And Pantsil aims to repay the fans’ faith in him by helping Fulham climb away from the relegation zone, starting tomorrow at Aston Villa.
“If you look at the players in and around the team then we do not deserve to be in this position,” he added.
“We are not even thinking of going down. The performances have been good recently and I think we can find ourselves halfway up the table by the end of the season.”
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