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Friday, December 23, 2011
Diouf extends Doncaster stay

ESPNsoccernet staff

Former Liverpool striker El-Hadji Diouf has agreed a new 18-month deal with Championship side Doncaster Rovers.

Diouf revealed earlier this week that he had held talks with ambitious Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, but has instead decided to remain in England.

LA Galaxy were also thought to be interested in the forward but Doncaster manager Dean Saunders revealed he has persuaded Diouf to extend his original three-month deal with the club.

"He's agreed to sign for 18 months so that's great news for the club,'' said Saunders at his Friday press conference. "He's probably the best signing the club's ever made. He hasn't signed the forms yet but we agreed everything last night and hopefully he's going to sign today.''

"To be fair to him he's had different offers thrown at him and he's decided to stay.

"He's enjoying his football, he enjoys it at the club, he sees how ambitious we are and sees how ambitious I am - I don't want to managing a team down the bottom, I want to be managing a team at the other end of the table.''

Additionally, Saunders is close to securing the services of other high-profile signings Pascal Chimbonda, Herita Ilunga and Habib Beye until the end of the season, the latter two on extended loan deals from West Ham and Aston Villa respectively.

"Chimbonda wants to sign and Ilunga wants to stay so I'm going to try and do something on that as well,'' he said.

"I spoke to Pascal on Thursday and he wants to sign. He's enjoying his football as well - and Habib Beye, I'm hoping I can do that.''




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