Stephane Diarra: Why Ivorian winger snubbed Leicester City and Newcastle United to combine Lorient


The Ivorian forwards has clarified the reason for his decision to turn down the English top-flight sides

Stephane Diarra has said he rejected attention from Premier League clubs Leicester City and Newcastle United in addition to Lille, Monaco and Marseille to combine newly-promoted Ligue 1 side Lorient.

The 21-year old finished his relocation to the Stade du Moustoir this week by Ligue2 club Le Mans afterwards he had a thriving medical evaluation.

The forwards demonstrated his dream to perform at the French top-flight along with the club manager Christophe Le Rouxas nicely as director Christophe Pelissier affected his choice.

“Many clubs have contacted mepersonally, like the English clubs in Newcastle and Leicester, but also French clubs with Lille, Monaco or Marseille,” Diarra informed Ouest-France.

“The speeches of Christophe Le Roux, sports manager, and trainer Christophe Pelissier were critical in my own decision-making.

“I knew it was a superior team that played soccer and I had an efficient group. It was significant for me to remain in France.

“Since childhood, I dream of playing in Ligue 1. And afterward, it was important for me to not bypass the phases. I am here to learn. I will remain in Ligue 1, advancement and we are going to see afterwards.”

Diarra, who signed a last-minute bargain with Lorient, feels linking the Merlucciidaes on a long-term agreement signaled his confidence at the club.

“It’s a desire of both parties. It proves the assurance which the club has in me but also the assurance I have in the bar,” he continued.

“It’s neither long nor too short, it gives me a while to advance and also continue to develop. There’s absolutely no clause in my contract to get a potential relegation to Ligue 2. I’m here in Lorient for the subsequent five decades.”

The young winger scored four goals and also supplied four assists in 28 looks across all contests for Le Mans at the 2019-20 year and expected to improve on that functionality at Stade du Moustoir.

“Obviously I need to work in my efficacy, on the previous conclusion. I am here to advance and that I believe my teammates will allow me to get there,” he added.  

“Last year I finished with four goals and four assists but for me personally, it isn’t sufficient. We can certainly do better.”

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The forwards will probably likely be expected to make his debut Pelissier’s side through their pre-season games.




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