Thursday, 25th August, 2011

Lassana Diarra has dug in his heels at Real Madrid and played down talk of a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

Sources in Spain had expressed confidence that the deal was done for the Frenchman’s move to White Hart Lane, and Real Madrid had indeed agreed a fee with Spurs of €12M.

Diarra too was thought to have given the green light to the switch as his future at the Bernabeu is bleak.

However, the Frenchman has U-turned and declared that he has not agreed to go to Spurs, despite Real Madrid looking to push him out.

"The information about my departure is a lie", Diarra said to AS as he reacted to reports he had been sold to Spurs.

"There is no agreement with Tottenham and I do not think there will be.

"I have a contract with Real Madrid until 2013 and Jose Mourinho is my coach."

Despite Diarra’s bullish words, the Frenchman looks to have no future at Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old was left out of the club’s pre-season tours of North America and Asia respectively and, should he wish to avoid a long spell on the bench, will have to move before the transfer window closes.

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