Fulham boss Chris Coleman will read the riot act to Louis Saha over his mutinous remarks towards club chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.

The striker claimed in the French press that he was “disgusted, dejected and downhearted” that Al Fayed had blocked a “chance of my lifetime” move to Manchester United.

Coleman, speaking after Fulham’s 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough, insisted Saha has to get over the disappointment.

He said: “I saw the comments and I’ll nip it in the bud. I understand that he’s disappointed but he has a job to do at Fulham.

“He’s a very, very important part of our team and, although it would be a dream for him to play at Manchester United, us selling a top striker who has 14 goals in January would be bad management by me and bad for the club to do that.

“What’s happening at the moment is disruptive but we have to get on with it. I don’t like making excuses and I’m not going to start now.”

Saha began the match for Fulham despite his outburst and Coleman claimed he was pleased with his display despite the fact the striker only managed one shot.

The Fulham boss added: “There was no hesitation about picking him, none at all. He’s a Fulham player and he has 14 goals for us already this season.

“He worked hard, the ball didn’t fall for him and Ugo [Ehiogu] whacked him early on to let him know he was in the game but I was happy with his effort. He’s a team player.

“The result was disappointing and the goals we conceded were really disappointing. The only positive I can take is that the effort was a lot better than it has been in the last few games.”