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Report: Lass Diarra Heading to Tottenham Hotspur for 12M€

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MADRID SPAIN - FEBRUARY 06:  Lassana Diarra of Real Madrid looks on during the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 6 2011 in Madrid Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
MADRID SPAIN - FEBRUARY 06: Lassana Diarra of Real Madrid looks on during the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 6 2011 in Madrid Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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According to Marca, the move is pretty much done. These rumors have been around for quite awhile, so I believe Marca might be right for once. Tottenham will pay 12M€ for Real Madrid's Defensive Midfielder, Lassana Diarra.

After pressing José Mourinho and Real Madrid's directors, Diarra will leave the club to pursue a role as a starter. Mourinho wanted him to stay, but did not guarantee the Frenchman the starting role in detriment of Khedira, so he decided to go elsewhere.

Lass was signed by Real Madrid in the winter of 2009 for 20M€. Last season, he played just 500 minutes less than starter Sami Khedira, so he was the kind of backup player that gets a lot of minutes.

I wish he could stay on the team, since I consider him a good backup, but he prefers to succeed as an individual rather than as a team-first player.

The best thing about this transfer is that finally Mesut Özil will wear Real Madrid's number 10, while Josep Pedrerol of Intereconomia is reporting that Madrid is focusing on Bastian Schwensteiger to replace Diarra.