Date: 13th July 2007 at 2:29pm
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French international Alou Diarra had been heavily ‘linked’ with Pompey this summer but Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed he rejected the chance to join and now insists that even though they would have let him go he will now be staying with them with the matter being ‘closed’.

He said to L’Equipe ‘Alou Diarra did not find any club.

‘We found Portsmouth, but he did not want to go’.

It had looked as though we would sign him, but clearly he did not want to come here – and we only want players at Pompey that want to be here.

You can never have too much quality in your side, let alone squad, so you would think he would have added this to both, but with the midfielders we now have we are more than covered so my thinking is this is not really a big deal is it – it is his loss!

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