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Move already on Diarra's mind

Move already on Diarra's mind

The media often like to put a negative spin on things, but in all honesty Lassana Diarra has not exactly covered himself in glory has he as before he has even kicked a ball for Pompey he has basically said that if a 'bigger club' come in for him he will be off: 'the negotiations went very well.

'The people at Portsmouth know that I will not spend my life at the club. I was able to add a clause to my contract. If I shine, if a really big club wants me, I already know that everything will go well. I don't want any more battles'.

It is easy to see why the picture being pained today is one of 'if a big club comes in for me I will be off like a shot'...

I am all for ambition, and I know that unless we can move significantly forward we will always have trouble 'keeping hold of' our better players - but using us as a stepping stone and openly admitting this is a bit much though, I do not like that but I will give the fella a break.

Like I say ambition is a good thing, so I will not be too judgemental on him with what he has said but the fella should at least play for us and then see where things take him before he makes comments like this.

He is a fantastic signing and has played a lot for France recently without being a regular at Chelsea or Arsenal - you cannot be too shabby if you can manage this - and is seen as the next Claude Makelele, so in theory he really should have no problems here and will do a job, but his mouth can get the better of him - so as long as he keeps this in check he will be ok.


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Date:Friday January 18 2008
Time: 11:13AM


I've spoken to a number of people and read a great deal from both Chelsea and Arsenal and there is no doubt in anybodies mind that this fella has got talent coming out of his ears... The problem seems to be that he throws 'real' paddys .. if not in the team and playing regulary. I think Harry has his work cut out to keep him happy but if he plays and performs to the standard everybody reckons he can on a regualr basis.. he could be a real assett - and if he does leave we'll make a huge profit (three and half year contract) ... Yep I agree he should keep his mouth shut especially as his playing career consists ONLY of 29 gmes for Le Harve, 13 for Chelsea and 7 for Arsenal.. We'll make him feel at home though and I hope he starts tomorrow..
18/01/2008 11:30:00
I think the worst that can happen is that Pompey make money -the bit about 'if a really big club wants me, I already know that everything will go well.' just means someone has to bid an amount to trigger a release clause,hopefully a large profit. Not much loyalty nowadays in Football & he's just being honest. We've just sold nearly the last of the loyal ones at Pompey -only the great Linvoy is left
18/01/2008 11:58:00
He makes Anelka's staying record look good. As above, if he is brilliant & moves to Real Madrid for £15m great news. If he is a headache & disrupts the rest of the team then he will move on for a bit less but would still hope to profit. Talent yes, attitude concerns yes. Should be interesting tomorrow especially if Robbie Savage starts winding him up.
18/01/2008 12:10:00
Third Premiership club of the season and we're only in January. if Newcastle get off to a flier under Keegan, Diarra could still join them by the end of the month and make it four for the season. I like a bit of committment.
The Rabbi
18/01/2008 12:22:00
I dont like it one bit, on a positive though as long as we know this maybe HR will look to replace him before he goes and then force him out and make money on it.... better than a loan deal as we can potentially make a lot of cash if he shines and then use it to buy someone long term maybe as soon as the summer!
18/01/2008 12:29:00
If he plays his heart out for us, i'll love him; if he doesn't, I won't. If he blows hot and cold, I'll get frustrated, but no more so than with Lua Lua or Robert..
18/01/2008 12:29:00
Also on another note,..... did i read this morning Newcastle are reportedly coming in for Campbell??? I was half asleep when I read it!
18/01/2008 12:34:00
Must admit that I haven't seen that one Sachas bro.. Although Newcastle do really need to strengthen at the back.. Surely we wouldn't let Solid go ....... would we ?
18/01/2008 12:50:00
Although he shouldn't have gone public with it, it s no more than others probably feel. He may use us as a stepping stone, but we own him and we can use his skills as a stepping stone to help us into Europe. On another note looking at Sky's 'Paper Talk' there is a comment from a Pompey Fan. Don't know how many have seen it but interesting if true: With Taylor gone, Harry will try and sign a forward with Fredi Kanoute, Diego Tristan, Milan Baros and Kris Boyd being mentioned by my mate who is a scout at Fratton Park. Richard Hughes will be sold to Championship strugglers Norwich and Patrick Berger will return to the club with backup goalie Jamie Ashdown going the opposite direction to Villa.
18/01/2008 12:55:00
Lucien Aubey has arrived on load according to OS So thats the left side covered now by a class young player
18/01/2008 13:04:00
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