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Fulham deal done claims Djetou

last updated Wednesday 17th July 2002, 6:30 PM
Fulham target Martin Djetou has confirmed he is joining Fulham to link up again with his former coach at Monaco, Jean Tigana.

The talented French centre back headed for London for talks, as revealed on Monday, and a deal is being concluded.

Martin Djetou
Fulham deal done claims Martin Djetou
Position Defender
DOB 15/12/1974
P.O.B. Abidjan
Height 5' 11
Weight 12st 0lb
Last Club Parma
"I write to you from London where I will not delay in signing for Fulham on loan with an opton to buy," he stated on his personal website.

"It all began last week on my return from my holidays in Parma. I received a call from my leaders asking me to come for the blood tests and traditional medical examinations for the beginning of the season.

"There it was announced that I would depart for England.

"In the afternoon, there was a new appointment with the team and I asked to remain at the training centre, thus I did not accompany the group on their pre-season training course.

"I remained with Parma where I discussed with the leaders to decide on the continuation of my career. "Finally, I left on Monday morning for London where I had my physical tests. "It finished very late and, at the end of the day, I was told they were good and we could formalise the loan.

"All that remains is for me to return to Italy to sign my engagement."

Tigana obviously played a big part in persuading Djetou to head for West London. "His presence has, of course, been a factor in determining my choice to play for Fulham," he added.

The stopper also admitted to being close to joining The Cottagers when he left Monaco for Italy. "I always desired to follow Tigana when he left Monaco but you cannot always have what you want," the 27-year-old affirmed. "I was not the only one to decide and there was much money concerned. Contacts existed but Fulham were not able to meet Monaco's asking price for my transfer.

"I thus finally decided on Parma, but I have made little impression over there.

"I had a rather difficult season but that is all forgotten, and I am really content to arrive at Fulham.
Source Planet football by Adam Marshall

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