Portsmouth boss Redknapp: Diarra better than Makelele

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp rates Lassana Diarra as a bigger talent than former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Claude Makelele. Redknapp, who signed him for £5.5million from Arsenal in January, said: "When Diarra first came here people said he was a Makelele. He isn't a Makelele because he has another dimension to his game. "He goes with the ball, beats people and surges. He has got everything. He is a player right up there with the best midfielders in the world. "He is an unbelievable athlete, with amazing power and strength. And he can do amazing things with the ball."

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp rates Lassana Diarra as a bigger talent than former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Claude Makelele.

Redknapp, who signed him for £5.5million from Arsenal in January, said: "When Diarra first came here people said he was a Makelele. He isn't a Makelele because he has another dimension to his game.

"He goes with the ball, beats people and surges. He has got everything. He is a player right up there with the best midfielders in the world.

"He is an unbelievable athlete, with amazing power and strength. And he can do amazing things with the ball."

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