Diarra retains Premier League desire

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Former Manchester United and Liverpool target Mahamadou Diarra has indicated he would welcome a move to the Barclays Premier League.

The London Metro reports how the former Real Madrid midfielder has intimated a summer switch to England tops his list of preferences.

The 30-year-old free agent is currently without a club after his six-month spell with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco ended at the close of the 2010/11 campaign.

"Yes, the Premier League is somewhere I would love to play and I'm looking forward to that," said Diarra.

"I have other contacts, but a very good club in England would be my favourite option.


"I am looking forward to next season. To be honest, if injuries do not come, I will have a great season."

Monaco are keen to retain his services, but Diarra is set on a move to England. Despite his loftier ambitions, it is unlikely a club of Manchester United's stature will be interested in the defensive midfielder.

Sir Alex Ferguson was at one time interested in bringing him to Old Trafford, and in 2006 went head-to-head with La Liga giants Real Madrid, who won the race for his signature to the tune of €26million.

The arrival of Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu spelt the end of Diarra's Madrid career, and after having his contract bought out, he was released in January 2011.

Diarra was then linked with a move to Liverpool, following the interim arrival of Kenny Dalglish as manager at Anfield.

The Reds boss was in the market for short-term recruits as he looked to add experience to his Liverpool squad in a bid for salvation of a below-par half to the season.

The Malian international instead signed for Monaco, but following the expiry of his deal, Diarra is now hoping to realise his Premier League dream – but it is unlikely that Liverpool or Manchester United will renew interest in this former target.

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