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Saturday, 1 June, 2002, 20:03 GMT 21:03 UK
Diouf move still unclear
Diouf starred for Senegal against France
Diouf starred for Senegal against France
Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf has not yet signed a five-year deal with Liverpool, according to his club Lens.

But Diouf has again insisted he will be playing for the Merseyside club next season.

"I agreed a deal with Liverpool before the France match" said the striker after a training session in Korea's Daegu Stadium on Monday.

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Senegal's El Hadji Diouf

"I wouldn't have minded staying in Lens but personally I want to play for a big club.

"What I want to say is that I have already signed and you can be sure I will play for Liverpool next season."

A statement on Lens' website denied a transfer that had earlier seemed certain.

"Contrary to the announcement made on Saturday, Lens would like to make it clear that El Hadji Diouf has not been transferred to Liverpool, and no contract has been signed," said the statement.

"The player's representatives and the two clubs agreed on Friday to continue discussions at the end of the first round of the World Cup.

"Knowing that replacing a player of his potential and ability would be complicated, the Lens president Gervais Martel will continue to think over the matter."

Liverpool spokesman Ian Cotton had said: "We can confirm that African Footballer of the Year El Hadji Diouf has now signed a five-year deal with Liverpool, which is wonderful news for everyone at the club.

"The Senegal striker will join up with his new team-mates when the squad report back for pre-season training in July."

Liverpool have already agreed terms with French side Sedan to sign Diouf's Senegalese team-mate Salif Diao.


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