Lassana Diarra or simply Lass, is a French footballer who plays for Anzhi Makhachkala. Though predominantly a defensive midfielder, he can also play in a more advanced role and has played at right back. Lass's footballing career began at Le Havre. In July 2005, he transferred to Chelsea's first team squad for £1 million. His Chelsea debut came in the UEFA Champions League in October 2005, when he was given a brief run out as a substitute when Chelsea were 4–0 up against Real Betis. He played full Premiership games against Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic, and Middlesbrough, with some success, and also started in Chelsea's win over Arsenal in the League Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium. On 31 August 2007, Lass signed for Arsenal for an undisclosed fee. The following year, he signed with Portsmouth and was given his first start against Derby County. On 18 September 2008 he scored Pompey's first ever goal in a major European competition against Vitória Guimaraes. On 17 December 2008, Real Madrid bought Lass Diarra from Portsmouth for €20 million. On transfer deadline day, 31 August 2012, Lass joined Anzhi on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Lass Diarra won eighteen caps for the France U-21s. Perhaps his most notable performance came in a UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifying match against England in November 2005.
Rumour: Lassana Diarra linked with return to Arsenal
Reports emanating from Russia have thrown up a blast from the past, linking Arsenal and Manchester City with a move for Lokomotiv Moscow’s former Gunner’s midfielder Lassana Diarra. The midfielder left English football in January 2009 leaving Portsmouth for a big money move to Real Madrid. Since then, the latest chapter in the former Chelsea [...]The post
Five Frenchmen Monaco should sign to compete with PSG
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Lassana Diarra: Former Real Madrid star struggling at cash-rich Anzhi
Picking up players from Real Madrid may have been perceived as a step too far even for Anzhi, but this hasn’t stopped them trying. You will struggle to find any player who hasn’t had their name mentioned in transfer rumours surrounding the highly controversial Russian club, but for everyone, it …