English Premiership

Diarra could rejoin Arsenal

2014-09-19 09:47
Lassana Diarra (Supplied)
Cape Town - Lassana Diarra has played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid and reports link him with a move back to one of these clubs. 

The Express report that free agent Lassana Diarra is being linked with a return to former club Arsenal.

Lassana Diarra has 28 caps for France and has played for among others, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid, during his 10 years as a professional but is currently without a club.

Reports in England now suggest that Arsene Wenger may turn to Diarra to provide cover at right back as well as in the centre of midfield.

Diarra has had quite a career after starting off at Le Havre in France.

The Frenchman played as a defensive midfielder and quickly caught the eye of Chelsea, who labelled him "the new Makelele" after their star midfielder Claude Makelele.

Diarra's time at Chelsea would go on to mirror his career. The holding midfielder was named Chelsea's young player of the season for 2005/06 but the player would often be called upon to play at right-back and ultimately only make 13 appearances for the senior side at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea sold Diarra to Arsenal just before the player's contract was about to expire with the Blues. Diarra failed to impress Arsene Wenger and was let go just five months into his contract after making less than 10 appearances for the Gunners.

Diarra would then go on to excel at Portsmouth under the guidance of Harry Redknapp.

Such was the level of Diarra's form at Portsmouth, the Frenchman was signed by Real Madrid for a fee in the region of £18.8 million.

Diarra would go on to win the La Liga title with Los Blancos in the 2011/12 season and make 87 appearances for Real Madrid despite stiff competition for places.

From Madrid, Diarra had spells with Anzi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Diarra failed to complete a free transfer to QPR at the end of August this year but speculation is increasing that Diarra could make yet another move, this time back to former club Arsenal.  

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