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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 08:25 GMT 09:25 UK
Diop signs new contract at Fulham
Fulham's Papa Bouba Diop
Diop has been linked with big-money moves
Fulham's Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Craven Cottage until 2009.

The powerful 28-year-old has been a key figure at Fulham since joining from Lens two years ago.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman said: "I have always maintained that Bouba is an important player for this club.

"I am delighted that he has committed his future to us until 2009 as he is very much part of my plans."

Diop will return to action this weekend against Sunderland after three months out with a foot injury.

Coleman had previously been denied his services by his participation in the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

And, after only substitute appearance for Fulham, he picked up an injury playing an international friendly in March.

Coleman added: "We have five games left and it's important we conclude the season positively with some good performances, and now he is back from injury, I'm glad Bouba will be part of the squad to help us do just that."

And Diop said: "I am determined to help finish the season on a high note by playing my part in the remaining games, and am looking forward to my future being with Fulham."

Coleman admits Diop is unlikely to play the whole game against Sunderland.

"It will be a little bit of a gamble because he hasn't played 90 minutes for us since the beginning of November," said the Fulham boss.

"I would be surprised if he plays the 90 minutes.

"It could be he starts and doesn't finish or we might bring him on later in the game.

"We need the points and it's got to the stage where we're having to take a bit of a chance on him even though he is lacking the match practice."


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