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Diop seeks Cottagers exit
21 Aug 2007 - 07:42:12
Fulham's Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has confirmed that he hopes to leave the club before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
The 29-year-old joined the Cottagers in the summer of 2004 from Racing Club Lens and was a key figure during Chris Coleman's tenure as manager.
However, Diop now feels the time is right to move on with Lawrie Sanchez having taken charge late last season following Coleman's sacking.
Diop commented: "The manager told me 'yes you can go. This is my team now so if you want to leave, go ahead'.
"Maybe I have played my last game for Fulham but in football you never know. I have many offers and I am just waiting.
"This is my fourth season with Fulham and I have never won anything. I want to win something or play in the UEFA Cup or the Champions League.
"I don't know if it will be anyone like Arsenal or Manchester United, but I have good teams in England interested, although I don't want to say who they are yet.
"Whatever happens I do expect to have left Fulham by the time the transfer window closes. I want a fresh challenge."
Diop, who has scored nine goals in 84 appearances for Fulham, has been linked with both Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic.