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French Ligue 1

Lassana Diarra joins PSG on free transfer as Uefa continues to scrutinise club’s bank accounts

The 32-year-old former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder signs short-team deal at French Ligue 1 leaders

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 January, 2018, 11:56am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 January, 2018, 11:56am

Paris Saint-Germain have made their first signing of the January transfer window by hiring midfielder Lassana Diarra on a short-term deal until June 2019.

The 32-year-old holding midfielder will once again try to revive his career in the French league after a successful stint at PSG’s bitter rivals, Marseille, that ended last year.

The much-travelled Diarra, who was born in Paris, then played for a few months with United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira.

“I am very happy to have signed for my hometown club,” Diarra said. “Paris Saint-Germain represents a lot to me and, with the international dimension the club has taken in recent seasons, it is every player’s dream to play here. I am lucky enough to make this dream come true.”

Diarra, a former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid player, won English and Spanish league titles in 2006 and 2012. He has 34 caps for France and featured at the European Championship in 2008.

His strong performances with Marseille earned him a recall from France, but he eventually pulled out of Didier Deschamps’ squad for Euro 2016 because of a left knee injury.

Diarra joined on a free transfer and his signing will not affect PSG’s bank accounts, which are under Uefa’s scrutiny.

PSG are under pressure to sell players to balance the books after splashing out 402 million (US$473 million) on forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last year.

That led to Qatari-owned PSG being placed under investigation by Uefa for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play rules.