Diarra admits uncertainty
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mahamadou Diarra has admitted every footballer's future is "uncertain".
Mahamadou Diarra has admitted every footballer's future is "uncertain" at Lyon as some of the biggest clubs in Europe bid to lure him away from the French champions.
The Mali midfielder's agent Frederic Guerra believes his client will remain at Stade Gerland next season but Manchester United and Real Madrid are both known to be keen admirers of the impressive 24-year-old.
United want Diarra to help bolster their midfield while Real are primed for a move when the transfer window opens. Serie A clubs, including Milan, have also targeted the African ace in recent months.
The former Vitesse Arnhem star suggests he is preparing for next season in Ligue 1 but concedes anything could happen over the summer.
"I have been here for four years," Diarra told Le Progres.
"I have had wonderful moments.
"Now we have to stay serious and prepare for next season.
"When I talk about next season, I also talk about me. I am under contract until 2009.
"But, you know, a footballer's career is full of uncertainties."
Lyon are already planning their own expenditure with Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo and Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta reportedly on their list of potential targets.
Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has also offered forward Sylvain Wiltord a two-year extension to his contract and a position within the club at the end of his career.