Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra is one of those footballers lucky enough to be signed by several of the best teams in the world, but unfortunate in the fact that he rarely sees the pitch. The young twenty five year old defensive midfielder recently vented that he is “not satisfied” with his current playing time and the former Chelsea, Portsmouth, and Arsenal man also claimed that he would rather play (elsewhere) then remain a wallflower on the bench.
Diarra revealed this notion to reporters at France’s training camp for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Romania this weekend:
I only play once every two matches. I obviously want to play more and if I am not satisfied, I will draw the conclusions. I am not at Real to watch the games. I want to play.
And this should not be any serious surprise considering Diarra has traveled often in his young career from club to club and has obviously not yet settled into a starting eleven anywhere that he has gone. It is more then likely that the defensive midfielder will experience yet another stint in the EPL the second half of this season. Diarra joined the league as a young teenager in 2005 with Chelsea, but failed to produce first team form for the talented squad. After brief stints with both Arsenal and Portsmouth, Diarra joined Los Blancos in time for the 2008/2009 season. Since joining the squad Diarra’s role has slowly declined each year and the footballer has yet to start in 20 league matches in a single season of his career.
Manchester United is rumored to be interested in signing the Frenchman this January which would complete the trifecta of EPL squads Diarra has played for. Other reports have the footballer linked to a move back to Arsenal or even to Tottenham this January as well, but regardless of where the defensive midfielder goes don’t expect to see Diarra around Real Madrid for much longer.
It appears England is his next destination.