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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 11:15 GMT
Thai PM 'still interested' in Fulham
Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
Thaksin was impressed by Old Trafford win
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra reiterated his interest in buying Fulham on Thursday.

But he said it was up to owner Muhammed Al Fayed decision - and the Harrods owner has said he has "no intention" of selling the West London club.

Al Fayed has known Thaskin, a self-made billionaire, for several years.

"It is a sensitive issue, I phoned (Al Fayed) on Wednesay and that's it. I am still interested but it is his right to sell or not to sell ," Thaksin said.

"I am still interested but it is his right to sell or not to sell. We think this team is interesting, we think the Premier League is interesting, we are interested in general."

Thaksin, who made his fortune in telecommunications before entering politics, said he was interested after seeing Fulham beat Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Al Fayed, the Cottagers' chairman and owner, quickly ruled out a sale of the club which he said he loved "passionately" and declared he would not even consider discussing offers.

Fulham confirmed that Al Fayed and Thaksin had met but that they only discussed a possible collaboration between Fulham and the Thai Football Association (TFA), not a sale.

Fulham's future has been shrouded in uncertainty since the club moved out of Craven Cottage, its base for 105 years, in May 2002.

The club hopes to return there next season, but has stressed that it is only a temporary measure and their long-term future lies elsewhere.

Plans for an all-seater stadium on the site have been scuppered by planning disputes and talks about a ground-share scheme with Chelsea broke down.





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