Real Madrid sign Lassana Diarra from Portsmouth

December 22nd, 2008 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Madrid, Dec 22 (DPA) Spanish champions Real Madrid signed Lassana Diarra from Premier League side Portsmouth.The brief announcement on the club’s official website Sunday states that Diarra has agreed to a contract with Real until June 2013. It did not say how much Real will pay Portsmouth for the 23-year-old Frenchman.

The online version of the Marca newspaper claims that Real have paid around 20 million euros ($27.83 million) for Diarra, who can play at right-back or in midfield.

Diarra is Real’s third winter signing, after striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar from Ajax and midfielder Daniel Parejo, who has been brought back from a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.

New Real coach Juande Ramos is keen to strengthen his squad in the midst of a serious injury crisis. On Saturday his team moved up from sixth to fifth in La Liga with a tight 1-0 defeat of Valencia.

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