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Diarra deal confirmed

Diarra deal confirmed

Lassana Diarra has 'officially' been announced as a Pompey signing after penning and 3 and a half year contract for an undisclosed amount. He has revealed why he has chosen Pompey over other potential suitors.

At Chelsea he grew frustrated at his lack of first team football, the move to Arsenal did not really see him play much more but he has come here because he feels sure he will get the football that he is craving, even if people might see it as a 'shock choice': 'my choice will shock and surprise people. Portsmouth; it is not Arsenal and it is not Chelsea. I gave myself to the large clubs.

'I know the trainer of Portsmouth and I know that he will play me'.

I have said it already several times, but I think he will be a fantastic signing who will add extra quality to an already decent midfield, but this will surely come at a cost for someone - as at least one will have to be offloaded?

Harry Redknapp has spoken about his first major capture of the transfer window on the Pompey Site in glowing terms: 'he's a fantastic midfield player. In my opinion he's already one of the best midfield players in the Premier League and has the ability to be one of the best there is.

'He's strong, powerful, quick and can pass the ball. You don't play for France for the last nine or 10 games unless you're top quality.

'I'm delighted he has decided to sign for us rather than a host of other clubs. It's great news for Portsmouth Football Club'.

His signing should also catch the eye of others, who maybe might not have signed for Pompey before but with the signings we have made over the past few years, with this one added might think twice in the future about saying 'no' to Pompey...

He will train with us in the coming days and should debut against Derby this weekend.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Thursday January 17 2008
Time: 12:04PM

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Great signing and good to see spending with the deal supposed to be worth about £5mil plus high wages. Looks like he could be a top player, albeit we're getting crowded in midfield. Still, Harry keeps banging on about depth. Read Diarra quoted as saying "The people at Portsmouth know I will not spend my life at this club..If I shine, if a really big club wants me, I know already that everything will go well." Fair enough - should get some hungry performances out of him and who knows, we might be that big club by the time his contract is up for renewal!
pompeyjim
17/01/2008 12:23:00
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Quality player ..When he plays (which has been his problem) We have got some top 22/23 year olds .. Diarra, Kranjcar, Muntari, Johnson....... Nugent... It's looking good for the future fellas.... Now all we need is a right winger and a striker..
Chix
17/01/2008 12:25:00
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Great signing. Hope he's fit enough for the mud bath scrap with Derby on Saturday.
storagematt
17/01/2008 12:29:00
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u guys have bought urselves one hell of a player. I only wish he had more patience. at least he went to pompey, always had a soft spot for portsmouth.
ArsenalRob
17/01/2008 12:40:00
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Yes great news but I am worried about the log jam being created in midfield. Who's next then? Sidwell? Surely not.
eastneydave
17/01/2008 12:41:00
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Great, great player. Really had the talent to make the grade at Arsenal, but what a rotten attitude. Look out for tears, tantrums and deliberately weeing himself to make sure the boss pays attention to him in training.
Little Dutch
17/01/2008 12:42:00
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This sounds really exciting. He sounds like a great signing. Interesting comments, Little Dutch, is that true? Just as well 'Arry's so good at handling difficult players then.
tracyc
17/01/2008 12:56:00
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Great news about Diarra and would love to see Sidwell sign too. Both are classy players but that's enough for midfield. We need goals - who is going to score them?
sportbilly
17/01/2008 13:11:00
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Matty Taylor has gone to Bolton. 1.25pm.
storagematt
17/01/2008 13:31:00
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good signing, please dont go bidding for sidwell, and instead sell someone
whitestones
17/01/2008 15:01:00
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