Diouf agrees 18-month contract at Leeds in deal that will see controversial forward top wage United bill
17:31 GMT, 14 December 2012
El Hadji-Diouf has signed an 18 month contract extension with Leeds United.
It is understood that the new deal will make Diouf one the club's highest earning players, as revealed by Sportsmail, representing a significant raise from his current cut-price contract of 5,000 per week.
Leeds will be relieved to have secured the new deal, as Diouf would have been able to leave the club for nothing in January with his contract set to expire in January.
Senegal striker Diouf, 31, who will line up against Ipswich at home tomorrow, joined Leeds in August and has impressed manager Neil Warnock, contributing five goals in his 24 appearances since signing for the Elland Road side.
Gone clubbing: Leeds United's Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf, here letting fly against Southampton in the Capitasl One Cup, is now at his seventh British club having agreed an 18-month deal at Elland Road
Boss Neil Warnock told leedsunited.com: 'We're
delighted he's agreed everything and hopefully he'll enjoy the next 18 months
'Obviously it's a massive boost for everyone to know
we're going to have him around and this is what we've wanted to do.
'He's a match-winning player, and there aren't many of
'He's a player who can change a game and I'm delighted
we've been able to keep him.
'He's also fitted in really well, and he's been great
with the lads.'
The 31-year-old has scored five goals in 24 appearances for
the Whites after joining in the summer.
Key man: El Hadji Diouf looks to have earned an extended stay at Leeds
The controversial forward, who has often found his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, will now remain at Leeds until June 2014.
Diouf’s relative success at Leeds has been surprising, given the nature of his relationship with Leeds boss Warnock.
Former QPR boss Warnock famously launched an attack on Diouf, branding the forward a ‘sewer rat’ during his time at Blackburn after claiming he abused Ranger’s Jamie Mackie as he lay on the pitch with a broken leg in an FA Cup clash in January 2011.
However, it now seems that the two have patched up their differences, with Diouf remaining at Leeds for the foreseeable future.