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Papa Bouba Diop Delight

Papa Bouba Diop Delight

Papa Bouba Diop has been speaking to his www.icons.com website about his arrival to Fratton Park and his strong feeling that Portsmouth have Europe firmly in their sight.

'I was delighted to sign for Portsmouth on Friday and after all the speculation of the past few weeks, I can now get back to playing football and not worry about anything else. After three years at Craven Cottage and having won nothing, I just felt it was time to move on and to experience a new challenge. In my opinion, I feel Portsmouth have the squad and the management to push for honours and I certainly believe we are good enough to be playing European football next season.'

Adding, 'I simply didn't get that feeling at Fulham and with a new manager in place, it was best for all concerned that I move on. I wasn't a part of Lawrie Sanchez's plans - he has brought his own men in, and so it was an easy decision for me in the end.'

'It is only a coincidence, but I must admit that it will be easy for me to settle at Portsmouth with the large number of African players in the ranks. I played with Benjani at Grasshoppers and John Utaka at Lens and I spoke to them about the club and they told me there's a fantastic camaraderie among the players. They also said the fans are amazing, so it will be great to run out at Fratton Park for the first time, soon. At the moment, I'm off to play for the national team (Senegal) against Burkina Faso on Saturday. It's a big game because if we win against our neighbours, then we are through to the African Cup of Nations finals.'



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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday September 5 2007
Time: 3:39PM

Comments

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He could be a good singing for you if he pulls his finger out of his ass.
Dicksy
05/09/2007 16:08:00
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Let's hope he stays fit & available to contribute in the middle of the park. Not overally convinced with his last few seasons at Fulham. Not so much the wardrobe, more the sideboard.
storagematt
05/09/2007 16:09:00
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Will be interesting to see how the wardrobe fits into your setup.
sw6cfc
05/09/2007 16:16:00
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He saying exactly what he thinks the fans want to here. I for one are fed up with all our new signings touting the same "I heard the fans are fantastic". If that is a genuine reason, great - just seems an awful lot are saying it. However, as i've said before I think Diop will free up the dirty work Muntari has to do and will form a pretty mean partnership with him.
stillthewhizz
05/09/2007 17:09:00
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Big strong lad will do a job for us. Just seen details of GON tranfer, only got £2.5m upfront the rest payable on a pay as you play. I wonder if this effected the new striker deal, if we didn't get all the money could this explain why?
L L Blue
05/09/2007 17:13:00
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L L Blue - possibly, although i imagine that it was more the late ness of he transfer rather than the amount that would have scuppered the deal. Diop could be a great signing, helping out the defence on away days, although i havnt really seen him play much. All i can really say is that i hope he looses on saturday ;-)
pompeycarpet
05/09/2007 17:20:00
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Lets move on from the transfer of Gary O'Neill, he has gone and we have replaced him with Diop, lets give him a chance and alongside Pedro and Sulley he could form a good solid midfield. I remember us doing this when Martin Kuhl went to Derby, he was never the same and regretted leaving us so come on everyone lets look forward to Liverpool and the return of Optimus, Solman and Benjy plus Papa Diop being available.
Owenspompey
05/09/2007 18:39:00
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Be good to see Diop in the middle.Mendes has looked below par so far this season, his consistency was always his strength vut he looks a little off pace so far
paultsmouth
05/09/2007 21:46:00
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The wardrobe was a legend in the Cottage let's give him a chance in our house!!
eastneydave
05/09/2007 21:47:00
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LL Blue i think we were about 5 million more short than that
russellm
05/09/2007 22:16:00
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