Coleman: Boa Morte focused
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman is confident Luis Boa Morte has not been unsettled by speculation.Chris Coleman is confident Fulham winger Luis Boa Morte has not been unsettled by the recent transfer speculation.
Boa Morte is a target for Newcastle United, with The Magpies having had two bids for the Portugal international rejected.
Fulham are desperate to hang on to Boa Morte, along with Manchester City target Steed Malbranque, with the pair seemingly keen to stay at Craven Cottage.
Coleman is not expecting to lose the duo before the start of the season and he has also been impressed with Boa Morte's attitude, despite the interest from Newcastle.
Boa Morte scored in Saturday's 3-1 friendly win over Greek side Panionios and Coleman does not feel the player is losing his focus.
"If that's him unsettled, I'd hate to see him when his mind is right," Coleman told Sky Sports News. "I thought he was outstanding today.
"Boa is a great lad, he is very open. There's a chance to play for a big club and who knows?
"As far as we're concerned, we don't want to sell Luis Boa Morte.
"A lot has been said about Newcastle. They have made bids but the bids haven't been enough.
"We are one week away from the start of the season and it would be madness to sell one of our best players."