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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2005, 12:01 GMT 13:01 UK
Coleman warns off Diop admirers
Papa Bouba Diop
Fulham manager Chris Coleman says midfield hardman Papa Bouba Diop will not be leaving the club in the summer after his impressive form this season.

The 27-year-old Senegalese star only joined Fulham last July but has become a key player and has also caught the eye of other Premiership managers.

"I thought we would see the best of him next season but he has already put some great displays in," said Coleman.

"If we do sell any players this summer he certainly won't be one of them."

Diop, who joined from French side Lens for an undisclosed fee, hopes to return for Saturday's west London derby with Chelsea after a hamstring injury.

And Coleman admits that his side have noticed his absence.

"We've missed Bouba recently - he's a big presence," he added.

"He defends well, is very strong and is dangerous in the air. He can do a bit of everything and has been a great find."




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