Thursday 17 May 2012

Diarra to stay at Fulham until 2013

Cottagers midfielder agrees extension to contract at Barclays Premier League club

Mahamadou Diarra was impressive in his two months at Fulham in the 2011/12 season

Fulham midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has signed an extension to his contract at Craven Cottage.

The 30-year-old Mali international joined the Cottagers on a free at the end of February as he was a free agent at the time.

He went on to make 11 appearances in the Barclays Premier League for Martin Jol's men, scoring in the 3-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers in April.

Diarra, who has previously played for the likes of Lyon, Real Madrid and Monaco, has now agreed an option with the club to extend his deal until the end of the 2012/13 season.

Fulham finished ninth in the Barclays Premier League and boss Jol was keen to ensure Diarra - who once cost Real Madrid about £22m - would remain a part of his squad next season.

Diarra won six league titles and six cups during his time in France and Spain, and he is the current captain of the Mali team, for whom he has won 64 caps.

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Key Points

  • Diarra signs contract extension to stay at Fulham
  • Midfielder will remain at Craven Cottage until 2013
  • Ex-Real Madrid star played in 11 League matches in 2011/12, scoring once