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Fulham release Goma and Sava

Alain Goma’s five-year spell at Fulham is over after the club confirmed the central defender would be released at the end of his current contract.

The popular French defender, who joined for £4m from Newcastle United in 2001, made 153 appearances during his time at Craven Cottage but featured only twice for the first team this season under Chris Coleman. Fulham had hoped to agree a new deal with the 33 year-old former French international but discussions stalled and the club decided to release him.

Striker Facundo Sava, who was reportedly signed against the wishes of then manager Jean Tigana, has also been released having not featured for Fulham for two years. The Argentine forward scored seven goals in 24 appearances for the Cottagers but has been on loan in Spain at Celta Vigo and Deportivo Lorca in recent times.

Fulham have also released youngsters Adam Green, Neale McDermott, Robert Watkins and Richard De Villiers.

Sava leaves Fulham

Fulham have allowed Argentinian striker, Facundo Sava, to join Lorca Deportiva of the Spanish second division.

Sava joined Fulham in 2002 from Argentinian side Gimnasia La Plata for £2m.

He became a fan favourite when he started to put a mask on when he scored a goal.

After Jean Tigana was replaced by Chris Coleman Sava became surplus and went on loan to Celta Vigo. Fulham have now agreed to release him with a year to run on his contract.

Sava joins Celta Vigo

Fulham striker Facundo Sava has left the club to join Spanish side Celta Vigo.

The Argentine ace has penned a one-year loan deal at Celta after falling down the pecking order at Craven Cottage.

The 30-year-old has seen his first team chances limited since the arrival of Andy Cole and Tomasz Radzinski this summer.

With Collins John and Brian McBride also fighting for places in attack Fulham boss Chris Coleman is willing to loan out Sava.

Celta are rebuilding their side after losing a number of top stars following their relegation from La Liga last term and they will hope Sava can help them win promotion back at the first attempt.

Sava considering Fulham exit

Argentine striker Facundo Sava is looking to quit Fulham to secure regular playing time.

Sava has been a peripheral figure in West London since joining Fulham in a £2 million switch from Gimnasia two years ago.

He has struggled with injuries during his English career and made just nine appearances for the club last season.

The 30-year-old does not feel he has the backing of Cottagers boss Chris Coleman and is looking to move on from the club.

“You need to win your manager’s confidence straight away,” commented Sava.

“I don’t think I will get many chances to play for Fulham so maybe something will come up elsewhere.”

Sava’s path to the first team has been blocked by summer arrivals Andy Cole and Tomasz Radzinski while Collins John was brought in during January’s transfer window.

In addition, the angular forward also picked up a knee injury in pre-season which dented his chances of impressing Coleman.

He has been forced to miss the start of the new campaign and the injury could prevent Sava clinching a move away from Craven Cottage before the close of the transfer window.

Sava sidelined for ‘seven weeks’

Fulham striker Facundo Sava will miss the start of new Premiership season after picking up a knee injury in the friendly defeat to Celtic on Sunday.

The Argentine hit-man was forced from the field 14 minutes from time with suspected knee ligament damage.

Sava is expected to be sidelined for at least six to eight weeks and will subsequently miss the Premiership kick-off on August 14th.

Fulham have yet to confirm the full extent of the injury but will be disappointed to lose the striker with the new campaign just around the corner.

In light of the news, Cottagers boss Chris Coleman will be pleased to have bolstered his striking options with the capture of Andy Cole from Blackburn on Sunday.