Date: 12th February 2008 at 7:58am
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The title was kept nice and simple, simply ‘Lassana Diarra‘ not:

  • How long will Diarra stay?
  • Is Diarra the Best?
  • Can we keep hold of Diarra?

    Or anything else – although this will probably cover most of those areas and more to be honest.

    Diarra is the name that we are all pretty much talking about after every game, with us positively drooling over the fella and just how good he is, the media are also doing this and almost everyday Harry Redknapp is mentioning him.

    However Redknapp has started to express his concerns about being able to keep him, although his concerns – when reading between the lines – do not seem to be as short lived as ours…

    Many of us fear we could well lose him in the summer, but Redknapp’s concerns seem slightly longer as he says that if he can get the kind of performances out of him that we have seen so far over the next couple of years before he inevitably moves on he will be pleased – if we can keep him that long I will be delighted!

    It might appear negative, but my thinking is we will do well to see him return next season, I think that it is quite probable that the premier league might also do well to see him return as some of Europe’s finest could come calling – particularly if he excels for France at Euro 2008. He has already done Chelsea and Arsenal, so that only leaves United and Liverpool – and only United would be a big enough draw if you ask me.

    To have any chance at all of retaining him we must gain entry into the uefa cup minimum, and even then this could not be enough – even if we made the champions league again it might not be enough…

    A real concern that I have is the thought that ‘a release clause’ has been put into place in his contract, as this was something that was hinted at when he signed.

    If this is the case I just hope that this is at a level that is fitting to the player of his quality and was put in at £10m minimum! However just because there is a release clause – if there is – it does not mean that he will leave, you never know the admiration that he already has from the Fratton Faithful and respect he is shown by the players and Redknapp could be enough to sway him in staying for a while yet?

    After only a handful of games Diarra is already being spoken about as possibly ‘one of the greatest players to ever don the Pompey shirt’ and ‘a candidate for player of the season’ – is one, or both of these thoughts fair at this stage of his career?

    How good do we think Diarra really is, and how long in all honesty do you think that we can keep the fella at Fratton Park?

    This is something that each and everyone of us that read Vital Pompey should have an opinion on, so I hope that we all share it…

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