Born: May 18, 1981
Height: 1.82 m
Weight: 75 kg
lol, I am doing nothing and am so bored !! And I do think that this player deserves a thread here, with the rumours going around since months.
He's defnitely a very good DM but lots of us have yet to see more of him. There are unconfirmed reports stating that he can't even make a simple pass but I am few others don't tend to agree with that, after all, why would he be bought for such a big amount of $$ from Lyon, even though it is Real Madrid who splashed that $$.
If rumours say that we are seriously after him, he has never stated his desire to make his move and has always stated that he would love to stay with Madrid, but what else could he say.
He definitely shined with Capello, a defensive coach who would play with 2 pure DMs' but had not been a regular starter for the current Real team, ever since he made his return from African Nations Cup / injury as well (? not sure with that), as Gago has taken his place.
But what more can we expect from Real Madrid, who have already offloaded the likes of Cambiasso and Makelele (for money though, yet Real shouldn't have worried abt $$, when it came to keeping Makelele).
And bang Makelele !! Makelele joined Chelsea then and played regularly under Mourinho. I happened to check almost all of Mourinho's formation, which he used in Porto and Chelsea (League and Champs League) and almost all the time, I found out that he would play a DM (Makelele - Costinha/?) as a pure DM, just infront of the defence.
Diarra might just be the player he might want in Inter to start his special one journey. Mourinho is the kind of coach who pays one heck of an attention to defence and Diarra, being a pure DM, might just be the answer. Telling frankly for the upteenth time, I would have loved to see a duo of Cambiasso - Lucho but it seems that a pure DM is a MUST, according to others and looking at the way we have been rumoured to Diarra all the time, there might be something which I might be unaware of.
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would still be the kind of line-up I would want but heck, I wouldn't care who plays, as long as we keep on winning. I have seen Roma not been able to win trophies season after season, despite having played wonderful football and have seen such a brand of football in Mancini's first season with us , which gave him a brand name -- "Mr.X"
Then again, I don't think at all that just Hleb would be enough for us. We must sign someone other than Hleb (if that's an already or almost done deal). Be it A.Mancini/Quaresma/?, with us opting for a pure 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2 (Diego) but I don't think that all that Hleb would be enough to bring all those so called creative stuff in our game.
I also think that we might be better suited to play 4-4-2 with the wing-backs we have. Anywaz, who cared and who knows till Mourinho himself has his first conference and if by chance he happens to say which formation he might want to play !! lol
Or do I know Hleb pretty well ??
Some articles and comments on him:
Great player. Fantastic work ethic. A mixture of Xabi and Masch without being as good as either two in their strongest virtues, I.e., passing and tackling respectively.
Best way to describe him is think of the early great performances of Momo.
Rarely has a bad game, but gets visibly distracted and angry when the oppo wants to mix-it.
Diarra started his career with Greek side OFI Crete and Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem. He played for French club Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) from 2002 until 2006, winning four Ligue 1 titles. Diarra was compared to top French midfielders like Patrick Vieira and Claude Makélélé. Many people who have worked with him, including former Vitesse Arnhem manager Ronald Koeman, felt that Diarra had the potential to succeed at the highest sporting level, but that he needed to learn how to control his strong temperament.
He was rated very highly by Lyon manager Gérard Houllier, who said that Diarra would not be leaving Lyon cheaply. His €40 million price tag matched the price Chelsea F.C. paid Lyon for Michael Essien in the summer 2005. Real Madrid joined in the race to sign Diarra, along with Manchester United, and on August 18, 2006 Real Madrid reached an agreement with Lyon for €26 million. On August 22, he was unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu by Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón, and he was assigned the number 6 shirt; Iván Helguera's prior season shirt number.
In the 2006-2007 season, Diarra was a staple player in Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello's 2-defensive midfielder system; however, a string of poor results saw Diarra relegated to the bench in favor of a new system. Guti, a more offensive-minded midfielder replaced him, while Capello favored Brazilian Emerson in the defensive position. By mid-December, Diarra, complaining about lack of playing time, found himself a regular on the Real Madrid bench. In May 2007 Diarra was linked with a summer move to Italian side AC Milan. In the final game of the season, however, Diarra headed in a match-winning goal in Madrid's come-from-behind victory over Real Mallorca. Diarra put in a strong overall performance in the match, which Madrid went on to win 3-1. The victory saw Madrid win La Liga and end its longest trophy drought in half a century. Diarra's main strength is his workrate and his power in the air, but his only weakness is his temperament. He was one of Madrid's best players when they won the league. Diarra was supposed to be playing for Mali instead of Madrid in the last match of the season, but FIFA ordered him to play for Madrid in that game.