Diarra still open to move
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mahamadou Diarra has reopened the possibility of leaving Lyon.
Mahamadou Diarra has reopened the possibility of leaving Lyon after revealing he is upset with coach Gerard Houllier.
The Mali international is among the most coveted midfielders in Europe, with Manchester United and Real Madrid hoping to sign Diarra.
Reports have suggested Real, now under the charge of Fabio Capello, are likely to win any bidding auction for the 25-year-old.
The situation was clouded earlier this week when Houllier claimed that Diarra wanted to stay at Stade Gerland to help Lyon win another French title and the UEFA Champions League.
But the African powerhouse has refuted his manager's comments, insisting it is not definitive that he will remain with l'OL.
Diarra is unhappy with Houllier for being his mouthpiece and concedes he could secure a transfer before the start of the new season.
"I know the club relies on me and I also rely a lot on the club," said Diarra.
"I didn't allow anyone to talk in my place.
"Today, I am open to any proposition."
Houllier, though, remains unrepentant and is adamant that the midfielder wants to help Lyon's quest for further honours.
"Mahamadou Diarra will not leave," he told Le Progres. "He wants to win the league title and the Champions League with us."