The 27-year-old was speaking after helping the Cottagers secure an important 2-0 win at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Aston Villa, as he made his first start since the turn of the year after recovering from a knee injury.
There’s a project here and my dream is to take Fulham up and be the captain in the Premier League.
And one-time Scotland international Cairney insists that he was never really interested in leaving Fulham, as he believes he has unfinished business with the Londoners.
He told reporters: “I don’t think I was ever going to leave, there’s a project here and my dream is to take Fulham up and be the captain in the Premier League – that would be a dream come true.
“I can’t do anything more than sign a contract extension. There was a lot of rumours and stuff, but honestly it means I’m just doing stuff right and people are appreciating it which is always good for me.
“It means I’m playing well, but it’s the same for other players – teams would want other players in our side like Ryan Sessegnon, just because we have a good team at the minute.”
The Cottagers have dropped just two points in their last seven Championship games to move to within six points of the second automatic promotion place, which is currently occupied by Cardiff City.
They face another promotion rival on Wednesday when they head to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City.