Fulham confirmed yesterday afternoon that Mahamadou Diarra had signed a one-year contract with the club, extending his stay at Craven Cottage until next summer.

The Mali midfielder, who joined on a short-term deal as a free agent in January, impressed Martin Jol with some powerful performances towards the end of the campaign as he built up his match sharpness. He became a regular in the first-team having initially been used as a substitute and formed a fine partnership with Danny Murphy in midfield. The 30 year-old made eleven appearances, scoring in the 3-0 win over Bolton in April.

The former Real Madrid and Monaco midfielder has taken up the option of extending his contract until 2013 under the terms of the initial deal which brought him to Fulham.