Diarra: At the moment I’m happy at Marseille

Lassana Diarra had a very diplomatic response to reported interest from other clubs following his remarkable return to form and his side's poor performance.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been the standout performer in Marseille's woeful season, with the quality of his play even earning him a surprise call-up to France's Euro 2016 squad.

The club may still be challenging for the Coupe de France but thier poor league performance means that European football via any other avenue is impossible. For a player of Diarra's pedigree, this may be enough of a reason to consider a move to a number of clubs who have reportedly shown interrest.

"It proves that work pays off," he said of the speculation. "But I'm still at Marseille. There are matches to play, there's a semifinal and a final. There will be time.

"If you look at my career, even in Russia, I've always tried to win titles or to play in the Champions League," the added, referring to his time at Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow.

"Beyond that, the interpretation [of what I do] doesn't matter. You can't please everyone and that's not my goal.

"At the moment I'm enjoying my job and I'm happy to be at Marseille. We'll see what's going to happen," he told TeleFoot.

Meanwhile, Diarra's Marseille boss, Michel has spoken candidly about his team's fear of relegation and their chances of winnng the Coupe de France.

"Yes, the players are worried," he said at the press conference, following his team's loss to Monaco on Sunday. "That can be felt… you see it on the pitch. We're in a complicated situation because of our results.

"The cup will be a very difficult date for us," he added. "And on what we showed tonight, we're not favourites. We will not only have to prepare from a tactical point view but also on a mental level."

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