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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 November 2005, 16:35 GMT
Coleman aiming to keep Malbranque
Steed Malbranque
Fulham manager Chris Coleman is confident of keeping French midfielder Steed Malbranque, despite renewed interest from Manchester City.

City had a 5m bid for the 25-year-old turned down in August but Malbranque said on Monday that he is in no hurry to sign a new deal with the Cottagers.

Coleman said: "We'll open talks with Steed to extend his contract.

"I've not heard from [City manager] Stuart Pearce, but Steed's a good player and we want to keep him."

I'm not worried about Steed - you can see his commitment to the team
Fulham boss Chris Coleman

Pearce was a spectator during Fulham's 1-1 draw with Charlton at The Valley last month.

Meanwhile, Malbranque, who signed from Lyon for 5m five years ago, is said to be concerned by Fulham's lowly position in the Premiership.

But Coleman added: "He's got this year and next year left, so we have a little bit of time to do everything.

"I saw comments about Steed saying he wasn't in a hurry to sign a new contract, but sometimes answers are put in a certain way in the paper.

"I'm not worried about Steed - you can see his commitment to the team. He's working as hard as he's ever done."

Meanwhile, Coleman said Malbranque's countryman Alain Goma may not have his contract renewed at the end of the season.



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