Belfast Telegraph

Pantsil excited over Fulham future

Fulham defender John Pantsil is aiming for a top-six finish under new manager Mark Hughes.

The Ghana full-back is convinced Hughes, who will be officially unveiled by the club on Tuesday, can build on everything Roy Hodgson achieved at Craven Cottage.

"I have said many times that Roy Hodgson was someone that made me the player that I am today, and that I am very grateful. But we have to move on - this is what happens in football," said Pantsil.

"The appointment of Mark Hughes is a very exciting one, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this team evolves under his guidance.

"He's a very good manager and I think most of the players have come up against his teams in the past and from those experiences we know that he has a lot of quality. He's someone that commands a lot of respect and is tactically very astute.

"It's not long now until the new season gets up and running. This will be my third as a Fulham player and I'm very excited about what could unfold.

"It will be a challenge, but for me I would love to see the club push as close as they can for a top-six finish.

"I believe in this squad of players and we have shown before what we can achieve as a team.

"I know that people will say that it will be difficult, but we have to be ambitious and have belief in our ability - otherwise what is the point in going out there?"


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