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Boa Morte made club captain

last updated Saturday 13th August 2005, 10:47 PM
Fulham boss Chris Coleman
Fulham boss Chris Coleman

Fulham midfielder Boa Morte was confirmed as the new club captain before the 0-0 draw with Birmingham and The Cottagers' Manager Chris Coleman is desperate to ensure he does not emulate his predecessor Lee Clark who moved to St James' earlier in the summer.

Coleman declared it would be "ludicrous" to sell Luis Boa Morte to Newcastle and revealed not even a £10m bid would lure the Portuguese winger away from Craven Cottage.

Newcastle have already had two offers for Boa Morte rejected - the second reportedly in the region of £5million - and are thought to be preparing a third. But Fulham are ready to offer the 28-year-old improved terms to keep him in south-west London.

"I thought about who should be captain all summer. It was a difficult decision because at the start of the summer there was talk of Newcastle wanting Boa, but we can't lose him now.

"He's too important for us," said Coleman.

"Newcastle haven't come anywhere near the asking price for him.

"The deadline is up now because we can't sell one of our best players.

"Everybody has their price but each week there's another million on his head as far as I'm concerned.

Fulham midfielder Boa Morte"It would be ludicrous for us to sell him. The last two years he's been our best and most influential player.

"He's a great fellow, fantastic around the dressing room. He talks to all the other players.

"It's a no-brainer. What we want to do is sit him down and make him sign a new contract, which he knows about. I'm extremely confident he won't be moving anywhere in this transfer window.

"If Newcastle were to give us £10million for him, it would mean I'd have to go out and buy a new player to replace him. We haven't got the time to do that.

"Six months I was was worried but since then I've sat down with the chairman and directors and we have all agreed there is no way we can sell him.

"Boa expressed his wishes last year that if there was a chance, he would move to a bigger club. You can't blame him for that. But he's also said that if he's here he'll be fully committed. We saw that in pre-season and saw it today. He deserves the armband."

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