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Diarra keen for his new career at Fulham to begin

New Fulham signing Mahamadou Diarra is looking forward to proving his worth with the Cottagers. The 30-year-old former Real Madrid midfielder arrived earlier this week, penning a deal until the end of the season with an option of extending it by a further year.

"It has been a great pleasure to be here with the team for about a week now," he told the club's website.

"I loved my first week of training here. It went really well and everyone was smiling and welcomed me with open arms.

"I really felt welcomed at my new club. There is a feeling that people are happy for me to be here and I am certainly happy to have signed for Fulham.

"Fulham is open to players who like to play football, who give their best and who have a winning mentality.

"The club is ambitious and that was made clear to me by the hierarchy here.

"By speaking to the manager it is also clear that he wants the team to progress and move in the right direction and this made me want to sign straight away."

The Mali international comes to the west London club boasting an impressive CV, having won league titles in both Spain and France.

"I consider the 12 remaining matches as 12 finals for me," he added.

"It's up to me now to prove that I can do well and satisfy the team with good performances on the pitch.

"I have seen the team play and I am aware of how the players play and I find myself amongst a good and talented group.

"For me, this is going to be a big challenge and an enormous adventure."

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