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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."

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