John Arne Riise has set his sights on a new deal at Fulham after regaining his place in the side under Rene Meulensteen. The Norwegian left-back, 33, will be out of contract in the summer and his future appeared uncertain after struggling to hold down a regular spot in Martin Jol's team earlier in the season. However, he has returned to favour since the appointment of Meulensteen and insists he would love to remain at Craven Cottage. Riise's main interest is playing as much as possible and he hopes to be a key part of the manager's plans for the rest of the campaign and beyond. "Rene has been brilliant for me," Riise said in the London Evening Standard. "As soon as he came in, I said to myself that he is my type of coach. "The way he takes training and the way he talks to the players, I knew that he was good. He has given me the confidence that I need from a manager to perform to my highest level. He put me back in the team and I have been in there since." "I have always been committed to the club, even when I was not playing. The reason I wanted to leave is because I was not playing and I had to think of my career.
Fuham's John Arne Riise keen to sign new contract and full of praise for Rene Meulensteen
Sky Sports | Jan 8