Diop targets big season

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Papa Bouba Diop has again pledged his future to Fulham as he wants to repay the fans for a disappointing last season.

The Senegal international enjoyed an excellent first campaign at Craven Cottage after arriving from Lens in the summer of 2004.

By his own admission, the midfield powerhouse was less effective last term and feels injuries contributed to his lack of consistency.

It did not stop other Premiership clubs being linked with the 28-year-old, with Manchester United rumoured to be sniffing around the African.

Diop appeared to nip any prospect of a transfer in the bud by signing a contract extension until 2009 in April.

He admits he is settled at Fulham and is now looking forward to the start of the new campaign with added relish.

"I'm happy to have signed my new contract," Diop told the club's official website.

"I feel great at Fulham and consider the club as my second home because I love London.

"I'm enjoying the company of players and staff at the club.

"I also have a great relationship with the fans which is essential. I have a great feeling about next season too.

"I felt that I had a good season in my first year here, but unfortunately, due to injury, I don't think I have been as effective this time.

"I won't give up, though, and it's up to me to come back and be ready for the start of the new campaign and to show our fans that I intend to have a big season for Fulham."