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Warnock has warmed towards Diouf

13 August 2012

Leeds manager Neil Warnock has revealed he changed his mind over latest signing El Hadji Diouf following a chance meeting with the Senegal international striker.

Warnock once described Diouf as "a sewer rat" following the player's reaction when QPR's Jamie Mackie suffered a double leg break during a game with Blackburn in January 2011.

But Warnock told the club's official website: "I met him about six or seven weeks ago. It wasn't a planned meeting, but we ended up having an hour-and-a-half chat and I told him what I disliked about him and he talked to me about the things that he's done in football."

He added: "It opened my eyes in what I thought about him and nobody has said worse things about him than I have. It would have been easy for me not to bring him to the club, but I've never been one to shirk a situation.

"A friend of mine, Micky Walker, who was at Doncaster Rovers, couldn't speak highly enough of him. He said he's good in the dressing room, he's excellent with the youngsters, and is a bit of a likeable rogue. It's non contract, so we've nothing to lose."

The former Liverpool, Bolton and Blackburn forward, a surprise addition to Warnock's squad last week when he joined on a non-contract basis, made his debut for Leeds as a second-half substitute in Saturday's Capital One Cup win over Shrewsbury.

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