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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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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 18 2008

Time: 11:13AM

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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..
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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
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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.
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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
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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!
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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..
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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!
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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 ?
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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.
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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
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18/01/2008 13:04:00

yep, i dont particularly like what he has said - he should have kept these thoughts to himself - but i will give him a break... in a way tho he has got off to a 'difficult' start already hasnt he, as said if he learns to button it and plays well he will be ok...
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18/01/2008 13:28:00

Diarra is ambitous, you cant fault that can you?, he has plated for two bigger clubs than Pompey and now wants regular football, good foor him. If someone offers anything over 5 Million in the future that will be a good bit of business. Give him a chance and see how he performs
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18/01/2008 13:43:00

I think its a win win situation. I expect he made a minor comment, and the press latched onto that bit of the conversation and span it in such a way that it become the main thing he spoke of lol. Anyway, as i say Win Win. If he is very very good, he is ours, and should help us immensly. If he Awesome, the clause is probably at a high price, and so we benfit by him moving on too. so great bit of business in my eyes. Well done Harry and Peter.
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18/01/2008 13:58:00

As for Campbell. Remember when he started losing his cool at arsenal... he has started losing his cool again here, (Look at comments in paper recently). If thats true, i would prefer we sold Campbel while we can, and make some money, before he goes walkabouts again. And move Distin across, Iceman across, and slot the new guy from Lens on the left.
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18/01/2008 14:00:00

Sol will be fine, he is probably wanting to go out on a high, and if we could qualify for Europe then he would have helped achieve something unbelievable. Sol and Sylvain had a bad day, no a very bad day last week, and allowed the ex scummer to bully them, hopefully if we can get a convincing win tomorrow we will be able to move on after all its only Man Utd next.
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18/01/2008 14:05:00

Diarra's comments were blown out of proportion im sure, but the man has to learn how to keep his mouth shut and appease the fans. If he does play well he will get sold, its a no brainer just keep it to your self
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18/01/2008 14:09:00

He's an ambitious young hot head, full of himself. As long as this arrogance is turned into quality perfermances then great. If a bigger club see this & pay the wonga then he is no different than any other player wanting the best he can get.
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18/01/2008 14:49:00

Diarra has been given Number 14 in answer to questions on the site.
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18/01/2008 15:33:00

he told Sporting life today "I want to be here and I have come here to focus on my football. Of course, I want to keep my place in the French national team but that will be no problem if I play here and do well. This is a really good team with some really good players - and it will be even better when four of them come back from the African Nations Cup. I have watched Pompey and I believe we can qualify for Europe with the players we have here. I just want to play and win."
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18/01/2008 16:42:00

Slightly better attitude and he finished "I have trained just one day with the team and have not played for four weeks but you will see how much this move means to me when I play against Derby."
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18/01/2008 16:43:00

There are also rumours that he is on 57,000 a week!!
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18/01/2008 16:45:00

Eastneydave, at least he used the first person plural, nominative case, 'we' instead of 'you' or 'the team', in "I have watched Pompey and I believe we can qualify for Europe with the players we have here", which makes me feel a bit better about the guy.
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18/01/2008 16:58:00

My son says he's a midget - is that true?
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18/01/2008 16:59:00

great joke from him...he is joking isnt he? i mean who would sign for a new club and say at the same time "im looking to move on"...
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18/01/2008 17:03:00

he is a 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in), that is kind of short for a defensive midfielder but he will be surrounded by brute force in muntari and diop and i guess davis isnt so bad either
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18/01/2008 17:54:00

lets be honest guys, most if not all our players would love to play for one of the top 4...hes just gone & been a bit of a numpty & said it out loud!!...StorageMatt's words seven comments up says it all!!!! Totally agree Matt!
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18/01/2008 18:41:00

ok, so what if all of our players are thinking it (even muntari said one day he will move on) - he has only just arrived, and should be saying things like "i hope to help pompey get into europe this season" not "i want to move on" - heck, he has only just arrived!
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18/01/2008 19:33:00

Et_tu thanks for the English lesson ..surely should have been Latin? lol I gather his English is not good which could explain that he has been misquoted as usual by the press. I am certain he will play tomorrow and be wound up by our old enemy Robbie Savage!!
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18/01/2008 19:36:00

hes come on recently and said that he is committed and is on a large contract, I think he could of easily of said what muntari has said, and that he would die for the club, but seems to be a realist. but there is a large french contignet forming at pompey, and if he gets settled who knows, might be around a bit longer then people think.
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18/01/2008 21:25:00

we seem to be a mixture of french, enlish, and african...and ex arsnal...how many is that now?!?!? (playing against arsnal on boxing day, when we had more of there "invincibles" than they did was something special to behold!)
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18/01/2008 21:48:00


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