Fulham striker Louis Saha today urged the club to show their faith in his ability by offering him a new contract.

The French striker, who scored twice yesterday at Leeds, has attracted interest from Manchester United and Liverpool, but he wants to stay at Fulham.

Sylvain Legwinski, Luis Boa Morte and Steed Malbranque have signed contract extensions on the back of Fulham’s excellent start to the season, and Saha is also keen to agree a new deal.

The Frenchman’s current contract does not expire until 2006 but he wants to put an end to the speculation by committing himself to the club.

Saha said: “I’ve not heard anything about a new contract. There are a lot of players who are hoping to sign new deals but nothing has been said to me so far.

“I’m happy at Fulham and I want to stay. It’s good that I’m scoring and I’m enjoying myself, but it wasn’t enough yesterday. It’s very important for a striker to score and I got a couple of goals which is good, but for the team it was not enough.”

Saha’s ninth and 10th goals of the season looked to have earned the visitors a point but an 88thminute header from captain Dominic Matteo gave Leeds a morale-boosting win. Fulham remain in fourth place despite their first defeat in four games, and Saha is confident they can sustain their challenge for a European place.

He said: “We have the spirit to fight on, have a good run and see how it goes. There are some good teams behind us like Newcastle and Liverpool but we’re going to make it very hard for them.”