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Djetou still seeks new side

Martin Djetou is still looking for a new club after seeing proposed switches to Fulham and West Brom fall through.

The Frenchman is a free agent after his contract was terminated at Nice and is still able to get a contract despite the transfer window closing at the end of last month.

After a previous spell at Fulham, the versatile defender was keen to link up again with Chris Coleman’s Cottagers and also explored the prospect of heading to West Brom.

“In France, no-one seems attracted by me,” he complained to France Football.

“I was close to going back to England but Fulham preferred to sign Philippe Christanval, and nothing materialised with West Bromwich Albion.

“If I can’t see anything coming, I will go wherever people will want me.”

Djetou is only 31 years old and feels he has a lot to offer any clubs who may need to bolster their squad ahead of the winter.

Djetou wants to stay at Fulham

Martin Djetou is desperate to secure a permanent deal to stay with Fulham after helping the Whites finish ninth in the Premiership this season.

The French utility man, comfortable at either centre back or playing as a holding midfielder, impressed after overcoming injury problems in his second season on loan in west London and he told the club’s official website that he hopes to have done enough to make his move from Parma permanent.

I hope that I will be able to stay at Fulham. We need to arrange a deal with Parma but these things are never simple.”

Chris Coleman is keen to conclude a permanent deal with the Italian giants after Djetou become increasingly influential in the second half of the season. Djetou enjoyed a regular run in the team, although he was not shy of pointing out the disappointments in what has been a brilliant campaign.

“It was nice to get a good spell in the first team. I was glad to be able to help the team and Cookie. We played well against the bigger teams but we could have done better against the teams around our position. It was a good season but to stay in a high position, we needed to win more games against sides like Wolves and Leeds. But it was nice to finish with an away win at Bolton.”

Coleman wants to keep Djetou

Fulham manager Chris Coleman is hopeful of being able to tie up a permanent deal for loan star Martin Djetou.

The 30-year-old Frenchman has been with the Cottagers for the last two seasons and with his parent club Parma now in financial trouble, Coleman is hoping to swoop.

He said: “We know Parma have financial problems, but we haven’t sat down to talk about Martin yet.

“I would like him to stay. He’s a good squad member who can do a job in defence and in midfield.”

Djetou disappointed with derby defeat

Martin Djetou admitted he was bitterly disappointed with Fulham’s narrow defeat at the hands of near neighbours Chelsea in the SW6 derby – and accepted the blame for Hernan Crespo’s decisive winner.

The French utility man, who continued his comeback from a prolonged period of injury struggles as a substitute, felt that Fulham had forgotten many of the lessons that have underpinned their success this season under Chris Coleman.

Djetou told the club’s official website:

“It was very hard out there. We wanted to fight to win the game but too often we forgot to play football. When we won the ball there were too many times that we did nothing with it, we just gave it away again. We really didn’t get our passing game together, and I think the way we played gave confidence to Chelsea. Chelsea are a great team, everybody knows that, but we should have done better against them.

“When a match starts you have a fifty-fifty chance – there are only two teams out there and what’s gone before counts for nothing. What you do on the day is what matters. e didn’t do too badly in the first half but in the second it wasn’t so good. We played very deep and allowed Chelsea too much time.”

Djetou admitted he was partially responsible for Chelsea’s second half winner.

“We let ourselves down for their goal. I should have stayed in the middle, but I went out wide to cover Joe Cole, and in that situation if Cole doesn’t get the ball then they have the opportunity to change their attack and run with the ball. When I look back at that game I would say that we should have been able to get a nil-nil or a one-one result, but all we have is three points lost. So now we need to start again and win against Southampton and get another run going.

The players are very, very disappointed. The position we are in is that there are many teams separated by only a few points and we know that if you don’t keep getting results you can slip right down. We wanted points today – at least one – so we feel we have let ourselves and the fans down. We know that we have to carry on working as hard as we have done only we have to do everything better. It’s good that we’ve got the Southampton game coming up quickly so that we don’t have too much time to think about the defeat.”

Fulham’s French legion loving life under Coleman

Fulham’s French contingent are loving life under new manager Chris Coleman, according to Louis Saha and Jerome Bonnisel.

Plenty of the Fulham faithful were worried that there could be an exodus of the club’s French players following the departure of Jean Tigana towards the end of last season. But, according to the French legion themselves, they are now even closer to Tigana’s replacement, former club captain Chris Coleman.

Saha, who has been in irresistible form up front this term, told L’Equipe: “Last year, there were lots of problems at the club which disturbed the team and and life within the squad. The finger of blame was pointed at us, the Tigana boys. We were not a very close squad. As soon as Chris took over, the squad had a soul again. Everybody agrees with the coach’s speech. The biggest difference with Tigana is feeling. Coleman listens to us players. He’s like another team-mate, only he’s on the bench.”

Left back Bonnissel credited Coleman for Fulham’s fabulous 3-1 win at Manchester United last weekend.

“We took enormous pleasure at Old Trafford. Coleman is a young manager who knows all the tricks.”

Utility man Martin Djetou also agreed that the atmosphere at the club has been transformed since Coleman took charge.

“The atmosphere is much healthier this season. The English press promised us hell and relegation at the start of the season. It also helped make us progress. It was a motivation.”