Diarra snubbed Pompey chance
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed Alou Diarra turned down the chance to join Portsmouth.Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed Alou Diarra turned down the chance to join Portsmouth.
The midfielder has reportedly been unsettled at Lyon for some time and Pompey were favourites to sign him earlier in the summer.
Pompey boss Harry Redknapp expressed an interest in Diarra and Aulas admits Lyon were happy to let him go.
However, Aulas claims that when Diarra was given the opportunity to move to Fratton Park he declined the offer.
Bordeaux were also interested in a loan deal but Aulas insists there should be no more speculation about Diarra's future as he will now be staying at Lyon.
"Alou Diarra did not find any club," Aulas told L'Equipe.
"We found Portsmouth, but he did not want (to go).
"Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud called me on Tuesday. He wanted a loan because they can't take on the whole wages.
"Diarra will stay. When he played he was very good, so to me the case is settled."