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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2007, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
Kamara snubbed Portsmouth return
Senegal striker Diomansy Kamara
Senegal striker Diomansy Kamara snubbed a return to Portsmouth
Senegal's Diomansy Kamara snubbed a return to Portsmouth because he expects his new club, Fulham, to outperform his former side this season.

The 26-year-old signed for Fulham from West Bromwich Albion last week.

Kamara was convinced to move by Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez, who has signed five other players.

"I had a lot of possibilities - from other teams in England and another country - but the project at Fulham is right for me." said Kamara.

He also spoke to his international team-mate at Fulham, Papa Bouba Diop, about the move.

"Three years ago when I was playing in Italy Harry Redknapp convinced me to come to England and play for Portsmouth," he said.

"I had a good relationship with Harry, but this time I decided to sign for Fulham and I'm so happy about that.

"I think Fulham will be stronger than Portsmouth over the next year. They've bought many players and I think they can finish in the top 10."

Kamara flopped during his first season in the Premier League, scoring just six goals after arriving from Italian club Modena.

His nightmare run in the top flight continued at West Brom where he was on target just twice before the Baggies were relegated to the Championship.

The Championship proved a far happier hunting ground as he scored 23 goals last season and Kamara is confident Fulham will reap the benefits now that he has finally settled in England.

"I understand the football in this country now," he said.

"When I first came from Italy the football felt so different. Now I understand the football and I'm a lot stronger."



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