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Diarra - no 10 Million Clause

Most of this morning news from Fratton Park surrounds star midfield player Lassana Diarra. Diarra is currently away with France for the midweek international much to the annoyance of manager Tony Adams.

Firstly, we heard yesterday that he had badly sprained his ankle following a tackle with Scott Parker at Upton Park on Saturday causing him to limp off after just nineteen minutes and leave the ground on crutches. Adams has said he would have liked to have had a scan done on Sunday but had by international rules to release Diarra to join up with his national side.

News now seem to suggest that Pompey will be without their midfield inspiration for at least three weeks which means he will miss the next three games all at home including the much awaited UEFA cup game with AC Milan on 27th November. Lassana of course is still unbeaten in cup games playing for English Clubs. Pompey are of course still without Sol Campbell and Niko Krancjar at present.

On the transfer front Executive Chairman Peter Storrie has told fans not to panic over press rumours over the impending sale of Diarra. Press rumours had been circulating that there is a release clause in his contract if a bid of 10 Million is submitted.

Storrie told the News 'There is no clause in his contract whatsoever - it is absolute rubbish.

'Let's get this straight, we are not looking to sell Diarra. Also, if someone came in and wanted him they would have to pay an awful lot of money, credit crunch or no credit crunch.

'He's is a fantastic football player and I think will go on to be one of the best midfield players there is in the world.

'If they come here and offer us Mickey Mouse money - not a chance.

'I have to say to the supporters, please don't listen to the rubbish and the nonsense.

Comments as usual please folks.

PUP


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Date:Tuesday November 18 2008

Time: 3:59PM

Your Comments

Whilst I think we should try and keep Diarra at Pompey I do think that Citeh will make a silly bid of around 15M for him in Jan and then we would really get to find out if there is a financial problem at Pompey!
bluedr
Good! while i've accepted that hes going to move on (at some point) I would hate to see him follow harry to Spurs. At least if citeh are in for him we'll get some ridiculous money. If we're sitting pretty in the top half of the table whos to say he'd want to leave anyway...
SUAC51
how much would he be worth do we reckon? Pompey have a history of getting under-the-odds for players (3 million for benjani?!, 2 million for mendes??) - although I would still expect us to hold out for 20+million
pompeycarpet
Good news on Diarra he could be fit for Milan ,& even possible for Hull words from Gary Sadler (got this from official site)
pompeyyong
Nonsense its all nonsense...the man is going without a shadow of doubt..he is not injured at all the club are keeping him cotton wool to make sure he aint crocked in january..and he will be at SPURS
plymouth graham
no... I doubt he will go to spurs...
pompeycarpet
If he gets 20 million when he goes to Citeh then that will be good business for us, which is unusual in itself!! Sell no-one to the Judas, Diarra would probably be another squad player at the Spuds, after all they have been telling us all that Jenas, Huddlestone, Zakora aand Modric are better than what we have at Fratton.
Owenspompey
Going to Spurs wouldnt even be a sideways move for Diarra - he wouldn't go surely? Plus I read today that Levy has moved his office to the Spurs Training Ground three days a week so that he can "get involved". Apparently, it was a huge surprise to the staff..... Oh Joy!
Gandor
I found a website where they sell left-wing football t-shirts (yes, I know...) called www.philosophyfootball.com and their new range is the Dirty Harry t-shirt presenting HR as Harry Callahan and saying "I know what you're thinking: 'Did he win six games, or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But, being this is the Premier League, the most powerful league in the world, and could blow your wallet clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk? " DirtyHarry Redknapp. I think it is meant to be anti-Harry but can't quite see it myself.
hammersmithblue
Wonderful as Diarra is, he is stat was always a temporary one. He helped us win the cup & I will always be grateful to him fore his part. We can refuse to allow our players talking to Spurs unless they agree to our terms. Diarra would suit Man Utd if any English club, take over from Paul Scholes. 15-20m + a sell on profit clause. If & when he goes, I also lose a storage customer.
storagematt
I can't see what would appeal about a move to Spurs for the lad. Having said that, I said the same thing about 'Arry before he left, so what do I know? Still, I would think he would want to hold out for a better club. Man Utd would be the obvious choice.
PhilTaglia
I knew there was no clause. Why do people believe everything they read in the papers and then get all worked up about it causing panic. I don't see Diarra leaving at the moment at all. Why would he want to leave when he is the jewel in the crown at Pompey. Week in week out he has his name chanted over and over. How many other players have two different chants just for them? he must be in his element.
sneakay
i could see him fitting in at utd
plymouth graham
 

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