Olympique Lyon have admitted interest in Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra.

"He is a player that interests us," confirmed Bernard Lacombe, a special advisor to Les Gones president Jean-Michel Aulas, on the club's official website.

"As far as he (Diarra) is concerned, he does not seem to have a great desire to return to the French championship.

"If he leaves Arsenal, he will certainly stay in England."