Diarra says he’s staying at Real Madrid

France midfielder Lassana Diarra insists he will stay at Real

Madrid despite reports suggesting a possible transfer to


Diarra told Spanish sport daily AS on Thursday he had not

reached an agreement to join the English club and did not foresee

anything developing before the close of the August transfer


Diarra was quoted as saying ”I have a contract with Real Madrid

until 2013 and my coach is (Jose) Mourinho.”

Diarra has not featured in any of Madrid’s preseason fixtures,

including being left out of the squad for the Spanish Supercup

series against Barcelona.

Spanish reports had suggested Diarra was on the move to north

London in a ?12 million deal.