Big Sam rejects Diouf rumours
By Andrew Scurr & Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce has dismissed rumours that striker El Hadji Diouf could leave Bolton.
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has dismissed rumours that striker El Hadji Diouf could leave the club in the summer.
Spanish side Atletico Madrid have recently been linked with a é¼6million (£4million) bid for the Senegal international.
Diouf was a £3million-plus signing from Liverpool in 2005 and if he was to be sold, Allardyce reckons he could get a tidy return.
However, for now Diouf remains an integral part of the manager's plans as The Trotters bid for European football next season.
"We just wouldn't take anything like that figure. He's worth a lot more than that," Allardyce told the club's official website.
"He's an integral part of the team, one of the most influential players in that position across Europe."
Atletico have also moved to reject the reports, insisting they have not enquired about Diouf's services.
"Normally this club does not comment on rumours in the papers but Atletico have not moved for this player," a spokesman told skysports.com.
"We are studying other players for the next campaign."