Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille confirmed last night that French international central midfielder Lassana Diarra had left the club after both parties agreed to the termination of his contract.
Following on from discussions between President Eyraud and Diarra, the former decided that the latter’s motivation to continue in a Marseille shirt was not strong enough without satisfying Diarra’s demands for a new contract and for OM to pay the player’s fine that he has incurred in a wage dispute with Lokomotiv Moscow.
As a result, Eyraud decided to allow Diarra to leave the club on a free transfer, in a deal that has seen Marseille pay the player nothing in the way of compensation. Diarra will now hope that he can seal a move to China before their transfer deadline on the 28th of February.
The former Arsenal and Chelsea man is said to be in advanced talks with Shandong Luneng Taishan, according to a report from La Provence last night.
Patrice Evra had attempted to convince Diarra to stay, but he goes, a little over 18 months after arriving at the club. Many will forget, but his performances in the first six months of the 2015/16 campaign were nothing short of remarkable.