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Philippe Senderos says he is ready to battle for a place in Fulham's first team after an injury-hit start to his career at Craven Cottage.

Fulham's current central defensive partnership is comprised of Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes and is widely attributed as being one of the strongest areas of their team. However, Senderos - formerly of Arsenal - believes he is ready to force his way into the reckoning.

He said: "The new manager has tried to keep the same things, not change everything but obviously we try to play offensive football and I think we're creating chances and it's working quite well.

"I'm ready to fight for my place. We've got great quality in the squad, good competition as well. That's very important, we're going to have plenty of games for everyone to shine. I want to work hard and with the help of everyone, be ready to fight for my place.

"Hopefully another top ten finish would be fantastic for the boys and we always want to be better. I'm really looking forward to the season, looking forward to staying fit and helping the team to achieve its goals.

Senderos played a key role for Arsenal in their run to the 2006 Champions League final, but has since seen his career progress stall. However, Fulham have reinvigorated several careers in recent years - Danny Murphy, Mark Schwarzer and Bobby Zamora amongst them - and Senderos will be hoping they can do the same for him.

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