World Cup finalist Alou Diarra signs new deal with Charlton Atheltic

After signing on a free deal in February, Alou Diarra has signed a new deal with Charlton Atheltic.

After joining originally on a short-term basis, former French international defender Alou Diarra signed a one-year deal with Charlton Athletic after playing six games for the London club since he joined in February.

Diarra’s new deal will keep him at The Valley until the end of the 2015/16 season, plus he has the option of a further year.

Head Coach Guy Luzon told the official website that “Alou is a player with a wealth of experience. He is a versatile player – great in defence and important to our attack.”

“He has worked very hard since he came here and I’m very, very pleased that we have secured him for at least another season.”

Luzon would have been spurred to give Diarra a new contract after the former Bordeaux, Marseille and Lens midfielder scored his first goal for the club on Good Friday as they were beaten by Millwall.

Still only 33 years old, the former France captain was a huge part of the Bordeaux side that won the Ligue 1 title with Laurent Blanc in charge, the now Paris Saint-Germain coach then made him his captain of the French National Team.

Diarra has always shown he is both adept at playing in the defensive midfield role and in the centre of the defence. Developing his game in France means that young players are expected to be able to play both quite naturally.

After a failed spell at West Ham United, Diarra has shown his qualities during his small number of appearances for Charlton so far, and if he can continue to show that and bring his experience to the squad, it is a great chance for both parties to gain from this new deal.

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