French midfielder's admission he may leave puts Tottenham on red alert - report
By Coral Barry
Lassana Diarra has admitted there is a “great chance” he will leave Marseille in the summer with Tottenham ready to fight Paris Saint-Germain for his signature, according to a report.
The former Arsenal midfielder has revived his career with the Ligue 1 side after falling off the radar when he was fired from his previous club Lokomotiv Moscow in 2014.
Diarra’s performances for Marseille this season have earned him a recall to the French national team and according to the Sun, he has attracted the admirations of Tottenham and Ligue 1 giants PSG.
The defensive midfielder’s end to the season has been disrupted by knee problems, but Diarra has still managed 31 appearances in all competitions, adding a goal and an assist for good measure.
Speaking after Marseille’s 1-0 victory over Reims on Saturday, Diarra dismissed claims he had already held talks with suitors, but admitted there was a real possibility he would be making a move away from the club this summer.
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“There is a great chance I leave Marseille,” said Diarra, as quoted by the Sun. “We will see. I’ve never spoken to other clubs. I hear a lot of things, I say nothing.”
France are expected to name Diarra in their European Championships squad as they look to win the tournament in front of their home fans.
Tottenham will be on high alert for first-team and capable squad members this summer as they look to bolster their player roaster for their upcoming Champions League campaign.
Spurs will also be eager to again compete for the Premier League title next season and will need a considerably bigger squad to be able to challenge on both fronts.
Diarra, 31, represents a viable option to do just that with experience at the highest level after three years with Real Madrid.
The French international is also well accustomed to the Premier League after spending five years in the English game with Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth.
In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino has outlined what needs to change at Spurs so that they can become a top club.