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Boateng signs Fulham deal

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Wed, 22 May 2013 12:21:00

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri claims he is at a loss to explain Nampalys Mendy's decision to leave the club this summer.

The 20-year-old midfielder's contract expires in June and he met with Ranieri yesterday to discuss his future but told the Italian he planned to leave, claiming he feared his playing time would be limited at Monaco.

But Ranieri responded with bemusement having fielded Mendy 31 times in the league this past season.

"I do not understand his attitude," Ranieri told L'Equipe. "As soon as I saw him play, I said here is our (Claude) Makelele. I trusted him and I played him.

"I think he will miss out a great deal. But it's his life, not mine. He has preferred to listen to his brother and agent and not his coach. It's a shame."

The 30-year-old is a long-standing target of Cottagers manager Martin Jol, who has attempted to bring in the Dnipro midfielder on several occasions before.

Boateng's transfer had to be put on ice previously due to contract disputes with his Ukrainian club, but a deal now looks to have been struck.

The former Getafe, Cologne and Beitar Jerusalem midfielder took to Twitter today to post a photo of himself holding a Fulham shirt at the club's Motspur Park training ground, with the comment "I'm finally happy!!!"

In an earlier post, Boateng tweeted: "I have signed a two-year deal with Fulham FC! I'm happy to see this deal confirmed! Thanks God, my family and everyone who support me!"

Fulham have yet to officially confirm the move.

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