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Diatta to fight for Lyon place

Published: Thursday 8 December 2005, 17.30CET
Olympique Lyonnais defender Lamine Diatta has rejected interest from abroad to sign a new contract at the Stade Gerland until June 2008.
Published: Thursday 8 December 2005, 17.30CET

Diatta to fight for Lyon place

Olympique Lyonnais defender Lamine Diatta has rejected interest from abroad to sign a new contract at the Stade Gerland until June 2008.

Olympique Lyonnais have agreed a new contract with Senegal defender Lamine Diatta that will keep him at Stade Gerland until June 2008.

Preferred choice
The former Stade Rennais FC player has found first-team opportunities limited this season as Lyon have forged ahead in domestic and European football, but was willing to stay and fight for his place. "I had offers from abroad but I prefer to stay at a more high-profile club even if I play less," said Diatta, who joined Lyon in summer 2004.

First appearance
Diatta, an experienced international, is highly regarded for his versatility. The 30-year-old has made only six Ligue 1 outings this term, while his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League came in Tuesday's 2-1 home win against Rosenborg BK.

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