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Diarra not Pompey bound

French international Alou Diarra had been heavily 'linked' with Pompey this summer but Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed he rejected the chance to join and now insists that even though they would have let him go he will now be staying with them with the matter being 'closed'.

He said to L'Equipe 'Alou Diarra did not find any club.

'We found Portsmouth, but he did not want to go'.

It had looked as though we would sign him, but clearly he did not want to come here - and we only want players at Pompey that want to be here.

You can never have too much quality in your side, let alone squad, so you would think he would have added this to both, but with the midfielders we now have we are more than covered so my thinking is this is not really a big deal is it - it is his loss!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 13 2007

Time: 2:28PM

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We only want players that want us and will give 100%. Good ridence i say.
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13/07/2007 15:02:00

Not bothered. I think Harry will have enough trouble keeping the whole squad happy anyway. So if the man did come, would it have been to wear the shirt or check his Bank balance?
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13/07/2007 15:35:00

Our midfield's fine without him anyway, no tears here.
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13/07/2007 15:41:00

Stay where you are mate, no doubt when we are riding high in the league you will change your mind, but dont choose to come then as we will turn you down. He probably thinks he is too big for us, we have heard that before, think of Fanfan last year, i read an article this week by him and he wants to come to the Premiership soon as part of his development.
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13/07/2007 16:17:00

On the surface we are part of the ugly duckling brigade of prem football. But you all know how the story ended. No not at the local chinky...
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13/07/2007 17:30:00

We're fine for midfielders anyway. No real loss...
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13/07/2007 18:34:00

i'm sure we will all regret saying that...but if he doesnt want to come, we dont want him!
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13/07/2007 20:56:00

If he thinks he get can better, good luck to him but his loss not ours.
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13/07/2007 22:11:00

ive had a terrible night and that ugly duckling comment has made my day storagematt :) made me laugh out load, brilliant... agreed fellas, as i said at the very end of what i said - his loss...
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13/07/2007 23:32:00

i think we need to put things into perspective here, we made an offer for the man over a month ago, he said no over a month ago, its not really new news, i dont really see how he would have fitted in any case. its a quiet news day and it was bound to be as the boss will be preparing for the Yeovil game, i guess rumour things will start up again on Tuesday morning
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13/07/2007 23:36:00

Well if he doesn't want to wear the French Colours at Fratton then who cares. We are a great club with great traditions. If he doesn't understand that then he is ignorant and needs to be re-educated. Leave him in the Frog League and let him ponder his error of judgement. Vive Le Pompey !!
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14/07/2007 03:48:00

He does not see us as big enough for him Gray, as you say let him think again when we prove we are a decent side. VIVE LE REVOLUTION !!
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14/07/2007 22:07:00


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