Lassana Diarra: ex-Real Madrid man joins UAE side Al Jazira

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Lassana Diarra: ex-Real Madrid man joins UAE side Al Jazira

Lassana Diarra: ex-Real Madrid man joins UAE side Al Jazira

The 32-year-old, whose former clubs also include Premier League teams Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth, left Ligue 1 side Marseille in February.
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Former Real Madrid player Lassana Diarra, who parted company with Marseille in February, has signed for Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates.

"I'm joining Al Jazira, champions of the UAE," the 32-year-old midfielder told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

"I'll prepare in the United States before doing a pre-season with the squad from June."

Diarra played for Real Madrid between 2009 and 2012.

Diarra: I'm still available for France duty 

Diarra, capped 34 times by France, has also played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth, as well as Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian league.

The Paris-born player insisted he remained available for France, citing the example of Andre-Pierre Gignac, who has been picked despite moving to Mexico.

"I'm joining a championship that is little seen, but if the [French] coach calls me up, I'll come and give a hand with pleasure."

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