DIARRA DEAL IS NOT ON – SMITH

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Paul Ed­di­son

BRENT­FORD man­ager Dean Smith in­sists he is not plan­ning on sign­ing for­mer Real Madrid man Ma­hamadou Diarra, de­spite the vet­eran mid­fielder pass­ing on his vast ex­pe­ri­ence to the rest of his squad.

The 35-year-old, who has been capped 64 times by Mali, has been train­ing with the west Lon­don out­fit since the start of pre­sea­son.

Diarra won four Ligue 1 ti­tles with Lyon and two La Liga ti­tles with Los Galac­ti­cos.

But while Smith is en­joy­ing his in­put, he says that af­ter two years with­out a club fol­low­ing his re­lease from Ful­ham in 2014, Diarra is not close to a con­tract of­fer.

“It’s not been dis­cussed be­tween me or Mo,” he said. “He’s come into the foot­ball club and train­ing to try and get back to fit­ness. He’s been out for a long time and is no spring chicken at the mo­ment.

“But he’s al­ways on time, he’s hum­ble and po­lite. That’s what has been so plea­sur­able about him com­ing here.

“He gets his head down and trains. He’s ex­pe­ri­enced and what he tells the younger lads is in­valu­able. What I like is he de­mands a lot of play­ers in train­ing and he’s help­ing us get the best out of them.”

EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Diarra

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