Diarra blasts former OM president

Lassana Diarra has hit back at former Olympique de Marseille President Vincent Labrune who stepped down at the start of the current Ligue 1 campaign.

Diarra came under severe criticism from fans and media after it was claimed he wanted to leave the club that re-ignited his faltering career – but the former Real Madrid midfielder has finally come out to offer his side of the story.

"I had a problem with the former President, Vincent Labrune. I never had a problem with the institution and the fans. That also hurt me," the France international told RMC.

"You have to know that when I signed for Marseille, it was for four years and there was a written clause that said that I could leave during each transfer window.

"My aim was not to go to war with Marseille. Not in my dreams. Marseille kick started my career and I was selected for the national team again thanks to this club. I know what I owe them," he added.

"Vincent Labrune told me that he could not respect our agreement. With my injury, my fine and my entourage, that was difficult. We tried to understand this from his situation…

"I am not the only one to have had problems with Vincent Labrune. There was Marcelo Bielsa before me for example."