Diarra will only leave Portsmouth for Big Four

Lassana Diarra has revealed he wants to stay at Portsmouth, reports The News.

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The Blues midfielder promised he is happy at Fratton Park in the wake of interest from Manchester City.

Diarra has indicated he would only be interested in a move to the clubs he sees as the four biggest in the world - Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea.

Mark Hughes wanted to make Diarra his first signing as City manager, and was prepared to follow that up with an £8m offer.

But Pompey have made it clear they are not willing to consider cashing in on one of their star assets.

Sources close to Diarra say the player believes a move to East-lands would represent a backward step.

And they said he is perfectly happy at Pompey - a club who echo his own ambition and drive after winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the UEFA Cup next season.

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