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Former Madrista Is A Shrewd Bot Of Business By Big Martin Jol

Fulham have today signed former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra on a short term deal that runs until the end of the season. The cottagers boss Martin Jol believes signing the experienced Mali international will help ensure the clubs Premier League status for yet another season.

Fulham currently sit in 11th position 12 points above the relegation zone, only a disastrous end to their campaign would see them relegated.

The vastly experienced Diarra has been in the football wilderness since he left Monaco at the end of last season after they were surprisingly relegated from the French top flight. Diarra rose to prominence in the great Lyon side that dominated French football throughout the last decade, wining four league titles while he was there.

His talents were spotted by none other than Fabio Capello who was in charge of Real Madrid at the time and he signed Diarra in a deal supposedly worth somewhere around the £22million mark in 2006. The strong defensive midfielder went on to enjoy more success while he was in Madrid winning two La Liga titles, a Spanish Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey while playing for Los Blancos.

The 30-year-old has been capped by is country Mali on 64 occasions but will need to quickly adapt to the speed of the English game quickly after being without a club for so long. Diarra definitely has the experience and physicality to become a key member in Martin Jol’s squad and the Cottagers faithful will be keen to get a first glimpse of the man who was once a target of Manchester United.

With the likes of Steve Sidwell and Dickson Etuhu failing to impress this season look for Diarra to establish himself as a first team regular at Craven Cottage before the end of the season.

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