Coleman: Steed won't play

19 August 2006 10:10
Fulham boss Chris Coleman has told midfielder Steed Malbranque that he has played his last game for the club, after rejecting a number of contract offers from the Cottagers. Malbranque is content to sit tight and see out the remaining 12 months of his current deal, but Fulham are unwilling to allow the France international to walk away on a free transfer next summer. Coleman said: "We've been consistent with what we've said. We've done everything we can to keep Steed happy, offering him a long-term and short-term contract. "He's turned down everything. It's Steed's way or no way. We said to him last season, don't go down this route because there will be no winners. "We've had good service from a quality player, but he's had good service from us too, so it works both ways. "Letting him walk away is bad business on our part and we have to set a precedent for other players. "We can't let players who we have invested a lot of money in to walk away for nothing. "I've told Steed to his face and the players, chairman and directors are all in agreement: Steed won't play for Fulham even if he's fit."

Source: ESA