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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 July 2005, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
Fulham close door on Pratley deal
Darren Pratley
Fulham manager Chris Coleman has insisted there is no hope of midfielder Darren Pratley joining Swansea City.

The Swans hoped to use Saturday's friendly with the Cottagers to re-open talks of a transfer for the midfielder.

But ex-Wales and Fulham defender Coleman said after the 1-1 draw at Swansea's New Stadium that a move would not be in the 20-year-old's interest.

"Darren needs to go to a Championship team on loan then he can come back and do a job for us," Coleman told the BBC.

"There was contact made by Swansea and money offered, but we don't want to let him go.

"My heart says it would be nice for him to go to Swansea, but we have to do what's best for Darren and for Fulham - and that's a loan spell in the Championship."

Swansea v Fulham was the first game played at the Swans' New Stadium
Swansea can win promotion for a second year, then with the new stadium who knows where they can go?
Chris Coleman
Swansea manager Kenny Jackett confirmed that he had made enquiries for the midfielder, but said: "He's not available and that's as far as we can go."

Despite his reluctance to see Pratley head to Swansea, Coleman was impressed by his old club in Saturday's friendly match, the first game to be played at the new 20,000-seater arena at Morfa.

"Swansea are a good team, hard to break down and dangerous on the counter attack," Coleman told BBC Sport Wales.

"They can do well again this season and win promotion for a second year, then with the new stadium who knows where they can go?

"I'd heard all about the stadium from friends and family and now I can see it's wonderful, magnificent - a big step in the right direction."

Coleman was content with Fulham's form, despite only drawing with their League Two opposition.

"We were a bit slow and sloppy, but picked up after half-time," said Coleman.

Alan Curtis and Swansea goal-scorer Marc Goodfellow
He was a wonderful player, one of the best I ever played with or against
Chris Coleman on Alan Curtis
"Swansea finished stronger in the last 10 minutes, but they are a week ahead of us in their pre-season preparations.

"It was a good, well-contested game played in the right manner."

Coleman reserved his final words for Swansea legend Alan Curtis after the 51-year-old played the final 10 minutes of his testimonial game.

"Alan deserved a day like that," said Coleman. "He was a wonderful player, one of the best I ever played with or against."




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