Redknapp has no problem Diarra using Portsmouth as stepping stone

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has no problem with Lassana Diarra's comments about using Fratton Park as a stepping stone.

"He is such a special player," said Redknapp. "He is out of the top drawer. You don't play in the French national team every game for the last 11 games if you are not a top player.

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"The kid is just 22 and he is an amazing player. He will go on to be one of the best midfield players in Europe, without a doubt.

"I have worked up there with some good players and he is right up there with the best of them."

Diarra caused some consternation after he joined Pompey when he was quoted as saying he wanted to play for a big club in the future.

But rather than be disappointed by that attitude, Redknapp saw it as a positive.

"I think some players kiss the badge and say they love it and then as soon as they get an opportunity they disappear," he added.

"He came out and said he eventually wants to play at a big club. He wants to play for Real Madrid, AC Milan or Barcelona one day.

"So what. Surely you have to be ambitious in this game haven't you?

"I don't see any problem with that if he comes here for the next few years and plays like he is playing - I will be delighted."

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