Football: PSG sign ex-Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra

Diarra (above) has been brought in as cover for Thiago Motta, who is 35 and has recently struggled with injury.
Diarra (above) has been brought in as cover for Thiago Motta, who is 35 and has recently struggled with injury.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra has signed for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday (Jan 23).

The 32-year-old, who has signed a deal until June 2019, has been brought in as cover for Thiago Motta, who is 35 and has recently struggled with injury.

"I am extremely happy to finally be able to join my hometown club," said Diarra to the official PSG website.

Diarra, who has won 34 caps for France, was released by United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira at the end of December.

"His experience, both abroad and with the France team, will provide our staff with additional options as we enter an exciting second half of the season," PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in a statement.