Footballer gets French recall after impressive run in Ligue 1

Srikanth / 29 December 2015

Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra has quashed reports that he is moving to Juventus or Inter Milan.

L’Equipe and Tuttosport had both claimed the 30-year-old French midfielder was eager for a January move to Serie A.

Lassana joined Olympique Marseille in July after his experience at Anzhi and Lokomotiv Moscow.

The midfielder has rejuvenated his career at the Stade Velodrome and some Italian sources supporting the transfer stories with an unknown agent’s comments.

However, Diarra used his official Twitter account to deny rumours surrounding his transfer.

“Mr Marijo Knez is not and never has been my agent… The rumours of an eventual departure this winter are therefore false.”

The midfielder spent last season without a team following a contract dispute with his previous club Lokomotiv Moscow.

The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid player has improved since arriving at Marseille in summer, scoring a stupendous goal in Marseille’s 6-0 win over Troyes in August which earned him Ligue 1’s player of the month for September.

After a five-year absence from the national squad, he earned a recall to the France squad and played in the 2-0 loss in a friendly against England at Wembley just a few days after losing his cousin in November’s terror attacks in Paris.

After 15 months out of football, Diarra has proved his mettle in France and also earned a recall to the French squad, making him one of the finest talents in Ligue 1 this season.

Diarra has stamped his authority among players like Zlatan, Thiago Silva, Ben Arfa this season in France’s top flight.

At the age of 30, his career looked doomed without having played competitive football for a long time, but his steely resolve and great mental strength

helped him get a regular place in Marseille’s squad.

His consistency and brilliance caught the attention of Didier Deschamps who recalled him after a five-year gap and Diarra could probably start for France at

Euro 2016 on home soil given his impressive rise in France.

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