Lassana Diarra joins PSG after terminating Al Jazira contract
PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Lassana Diarra on a free transfer after the France international terminated his contract with Al Jazira Club by mutual consent.
Diarra, 32, has been unattached since December, when he left the United Arab Emirates side once his contract was annulled. He signed an 18-month deal with the French capital club.
The former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid man successfully completed his medical at the American Hospital in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine on Monday.
Diarra returns to Ligue 1 as a free agent and most recently played in Ligue 1 with PSG’s bitter rivals Marseille from 2015-17. The Frenchman, who has also featured for Le Havre, Portsmouth, Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow at senior level, has played 34 times for Les Bleus at international level but is yet to score for his country.
PSG coach Unai Emery was keen to add some depth in defensive midfield with Thiago Motta struggling for fitness and he has ultimately managed to persuade sporting director Antero Henrique to provide that.
Diarra, who hails from Paris, will wear the No. X shirt with hometown club PSG.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.