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By ESPN Staff

Unsettled Diouf in talks over Bolton future

El-Hadji Diouf is set for talks with manager Sammy Lee after warning he may have to leave Bolton if he is not given a regular first-team place.

The 26-year-old striker was a substitute for the Trotters' opening game of the Premier League season on Saturday, coming on in the second half as they went down to a 3-1 defeat by Newcastle.

Now the Senegal forward wants Lee to outline what the future holds for Diouf at the Reebok.

He said: 'I just want to get everything clear in my head.

'I want to talk with the chairman and the manager because I want everything to be clear.

'If the manager tells me he has confidence in me, I do well. If I don't see that, I don't think I can stay.

'Right now as I talk, this is my crowd and this is my club.

'I don't know tomorrow, it is another day. Maybe tomorrow I go.

'Of course I was disappointed not to be on at the start. I am a footballer and I want to play every game.

'This is my crowd and everybody loves me here - that is why I want to play against Newcastle and every time there is a game.

'They decided I wasn't playing, though, and that was it.

'I respect the boss and his decision and I am here for the time.'

Diouf has been told to keep his head up and keep working by the Bolton manager.

The volatile Senegal striker was left frustrated after failing to make the starting line-up in the opening day defeat by Newcastle.

Lee said: 'Diouf is always talking to me and I am pleased he is disappointed.

'We felt it was the right starting line-up. Unfortunately Ricardo Vaz Te was injured and had to come off.

'Everyone then saw Diouf's quality and I can understand his frustration.

'But I want competition for places. I do not want people to feel they are automatic choices.

'It is important people are always looking over their shoulders and being spurred on by other players.'

Diouf could return to the side on Wednesday against Fulham at Craven Cottage as Kevin Davies (hamstring) and Vaz Te (foot) are both ruled out.