Fulham manager Mark Hughes is confident Mark Schwarzer will soon agree a new deal with the club.
The veteran Australia international is out of contract at the end of the season and put in a transfer request in the summer in a bid to force a move to Arsenal.
However, the Cottagers were determined not to sell Schwarzer, and Hughes believes the 38-year-old is now close to committing to the Craven Cottage outfit.
He said: “If we’re going to be successful, we need a quality keeper and that’s certainly what Mark is.
“He knows what we provide and knows the environment very well. He’s not just got good players on the field of play, but a huge support staff behind him.
“He knows that the environment which has been created at Fulham is second to none.
“When you get to the latter stage of a career you have to be able to recover well and have all the up-to-date information in terms of recovery.
“What Mark has got is a real presence. With all the top keepers they have a presence and that permeates towards their team-mates.”