Fulham’s midfielder powerhouse Papa Bouba Diop has explained why he left Fulham to join Portsmouth on the last day of the summer transfer window.

The Senegal international had been one of Fulham’s leading lights under previous boss Chris Coleman, believes he has now joined a club capable of pushing for honours and qualifying for Europe, which he didn’t see happening at Craven Cottage.

“Portsmouth have the squad and management to push for honours and are good enough to be playing European football next season,” Diop told the Daily Star on Sunday.

“I didn’t get that feeling at Fulham and when the new manager Lawrie Sanchez came in, it was best that I moved on.

“I wasn’t part of his plans.”