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Bouba Diop makes AEK Athens move

Senegalese international midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has said goodbye to Portsmouth FC and the English game after signing an initial two-year contract with Greek outfit AEK Athens FC.

Papa Bouba Diop, pictured playing for Portsmouth against Fulham, has quit the English game
Papa Bouba Diop, pictured playing for Portsmouth against Fulham, has quit the English game ©Getty Images

AEK Athens FC have signed midfielder Papa Bouba Diop from Portsmouth FC in a transfer reportedly worth €360,000 to the English club.

Bouba Diop, capped 62 times by Senegal, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Greek outfit, and has the option of a 12-month extension to the deal. The 32-year-old former RC Lens and Fulham FC player, who won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008, said: "AEK Athens are one of Greece's top clubs and after six seasons in England it is time for a new challenge. This is a great opportunity."

He leaves English football after making a combined 129 Premier League appearances for Fulham and now relegated Portsmouth. His new employers finished third in the 2009/10 Greek Super League to book a place in the UEFA Europa League play-offs. Having started his career in Switzerland with Neuchâtel Xamax FC and Grasshopper-Club, Bouba Diop scored the opening goal of the 2002 FIFA World Cup to help Senegal defeat then reigning champions France.