PSG terminate Lassana Diarra’s contract

SINGAPORE - JULY 30: Lassana Diarra #19 of Paris Saint Germain looks during the International Champions Cup match between Paris Saint Germain and Clu b de Atletico Madrid at the National Stadium on July 30, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images for ICC)

Paris Saint-Germain have announced that they’ve terminated Lassana Diarra’s contract with immediate effect by mutual consent.

The 33-year-old midfielder joined PSG in January 2018 on a free transfer after he decided to leave Dubai club Al-Jazira SCC a month earlier with just five appearances to his name.

Upon signing an 18-month deal at PSG, Diarra went on register 15 appearances in the second half of last season to help the Parisians secure a domestic treble under now-Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

It also marked Diarra’s first pieces of domestic silverware in his native France after previously playing for Marseille and Le Havre.

But life under new coach Thomas Tuchel has been far more restricting for the former Real Madrid player with just three Ligue 1 games this season.

Now PSG and Diarra have agreed to end his stay at the French capital early with his original contract being due to expire this summer anyway.

“Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement with Lassana Diarra to terminate his contract, due to expire on 30 June 2019,” read a club statement on Twitter.

Diarra’s exit from the Parc Des Princes comes as somewhat of a surprise though given PSG’s lack of midfield options in the last month due to injuries and the soon to be free agent Adrien Rabiot’s ban from the first team.

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Despite failing to sign Idrissa Gueye from Everton in the January transfer window, PSG did manage to beat competition from Chelsea for Leandro Paredes from Russian giants Zenit.

The French champions also received a boost in the news that Marco Verratti has fully recovered from his ankle problem and the Italian starred in their 2-0 Champions League win at Manchester United last week.

This leaves Diarra out of the team altogether and now both parties have decided to mutually end their relationship with immediate effect.

In a playing career that has seen him play in five different countries, Diarra has also represented the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid.

The 33-year-old, who won La Liga in the 2011/12 campaign at Real, has even made 34 appearances at international level for France.


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