Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea star Lassana Diarra retires after PSG terminate contract

The 33-year-old's contract was due to expire in the summer but the Ligue 1 champions have come to an agreement to halt his spell.

And it has led to the France international calling time on his 15-year career.

Confirming the news on Instagram, the he said: "The time has come to “hang up my boots” as they say.

"For football, I gave a lot. Thanks to football, I received a lot.

"High performance sport is a real school of courage, perseverance and respect.

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Le moment est venu de « raccrocher les crampons » comme on dit . Pour le football , j’ai beaucoup donné . Grâce au football , j’ai énormément reçu . Le sport de haut niveau est une véritable école de courage , de persévérance et de respect . Il ne s’agit pas de faire l’unanimité mais d’honorer , en professionnel , avec volontarisme et loyauté la confiance que l’on vous accorde . Je ne dis pas que j’ai tout fait parfaitement mais je l’ai fait avec coeur , passion et bienveillance . Merci à tous ceux et toutes celles qui m’ont encouragé tout au long de ma carrière sportive . Une pensée pour les clubs , entraîneurs , éducateurs et coéquipiers qui ont fait partie de mon quotidien pendant toutes ces années . Je n’oublie pas ma première sélection avec la France en 2007 . Porter le maillot de la sélection nationale est le rêve de tous les footballeurs . Je tourne donc la page mais je n’oublie rien . Je vais continuer à œuvrer avec enthousiasme , détermination et sincérité dans mes nouveaux projets . Amitiés LASS

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"Thank you to all those who have encouraged me throughout my sporting career. A thought for the clubs, coaches, educators and teammates that have been part of my life for all these years.

"I do not forget my first call-up by France in 2007.

"Wearing the national team shirt is a dream for all footballers. I turn the page but I forget nothing.

"I will continue to work with enthusiasm, determination and sincerity in my new projects."

Diarra had described joining PSG on an 18-month deal in January 2018 as a "dream" having also been pursued by Manchester United.

But he has made just 19 appearances, including only four under Thomas Tuchel, with a knee injury restricting his progress.

Though Diarra would have been back on the market and free to join another club outside of the transfer window, he has opted to call time on his tenure as a professional.

Following brief spells at Chelsea and Arsenal, Diarra played a leading role as Portsmouth won the FA Cup under Harry Redknapp in 2008.


Those displays won him a move to Real Madrid where he made 117 appearances and won the La Liga title.

Spells in Russia and back in France with Marseille followed.

Diarra then made five appearances in an eight-month spell at Al Jazira before being picked up by PSG at the start of last year.

Despite scooping four medals in 2018 the midfielder has had limited impact this term due to injury, leading to confirmation of his departure.

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