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Fulham mull over Diarra deal

Mahamadou Diarra must prove his fitness to Fulham before they will consider offering the midfielder fresh terms.

Last Updated: 22/08/13 at 14:17 Post Comment

Mahamadou Diarra: Free agent has been training with Fulham

Mahamadou Diarra: Free agent has been training with Fulham

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The 32-year-old was released by the Cottagers at the end of last season and has not figured for the club since suffering a knee injury in December 2012.

Diarra is yet to return to full match sharpness and remains in the free-agent pool as a result.

He has, however, been training with Fulham over the summer and could be handed a new deal at Craven Cottage if he can convince Martin Jol that he is deserving of a place in his squad.

"He is doing a lot of ball work and the warm-ups with us," the Dutch coach told the Fulham Chronicle of the former Real Madrid enforcer.

"He needs another three or four weeks before playing games with us or the reserves and then we will make a decision on him."

Meanwhile, Jol has revealed that he will look to send promising forward Chris David out on loan this season in an effort to get the 20-year-old important game time.

He said of a player who moved to England from FC Twente in January: "He's a very talented left-footer. He looks good but he needs games.

"Abroad they go into the first team at 18 or 19, but you don't see that in England.

"They go on loan, like (Alex) Kacaniklic, come back and be better. That is my idea with the youngsters, to try to find clubs for them."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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