Diarra happy to stay at Real Madrid
Real Madrid Lassana Diarra has brushed aside rumours that he could be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
Diarra arrived at the club in 2009 after spells in the Barclays Premier League with Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth.
While he initially enjoyed regular outings in the starting eleven, he has found competition for a first team slot extremely stiff this season, with Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira also fighting it out for the defensive midfield berths.
With the talented holding midfielder itching to play more regularly, many reports have suggested he could be on the lookout for a move this summer, with a return to the Premier League with Manchester United being top on the rumour mill.
However, Diarra has now come out to state his desire to continue playing in La Liga for Real.
“I’m very happy; better than before,” Diarra was quoted as saying in a press conference on Friday.
“I don’t have any problems with anyone and I want to help the team win titles.”
With Real searching for their first La Liga title since 2008, Diarra knows his side have an excellent opportunity to cut first-placed Barcelona’s five-point lead on April 16 when they host the reigning champions.
“We’re about to play many important games. April will be a good test for us.”
“We want to change our situation with Barcelona. We can win all the titles we fight for and we must keep this up.”
“It is always tough to face Barcelona, but we’ll play a final against them which we’ll have to win.”
Diarra was also optimistic in his prognosis of striker Gonzalo Higuain’s recovery from injury, and expected the Argentinean to return to the side soon.
“Higuain is fine. He is a very good player for the team and I hope he returns as soon as possible.”
“He is very happy [with his recovery] and it seems he isn’t experiencing any physical problems.”
Real’s clash with rivals Barcelona next month at the Santiago Bernabeu is looming to be an extremely intriguing prospect.
While Barcelona have won every single match against their rivals in the last three seasons, including a 6-2 humbling at the Bernabeu in 2009, it is worth noting that Real coach Jose Mourinho has yet to lose a home game since 2002, including his tenures at Chelsea and Inter Milan where he went every single home match unbeaten.
Either way, one of these runs will come to an end on April 16.
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