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Diarra hits out at West Ham

14 March 2013 18:36

Rennes midfielder Alou Diarra has criticised his parent club West Ham United for mishandling him during pre-season.

Diarra signed for West Ham from Marseille in the off-season and claims his pre-season training schedule was inappropriate following his involvement with France at Euro 2012.

The 31-year-old joined up with Sam Allardyce's team later than most of his team-mates due to France's run to the quarter-finals of the competition in Poland and Ukraine and subsequently felt he needed additional sessions to get up to speed.

"At West Ham, I was not prepared," Diarra told L'Equipe. "When I arrived after the Euros, they put me directly with the group that had eight weeks of preparation.

"It is I who asked for extra physical sessions, while it should have been anticipated, and I then injured my thigh for two-and-a-half months, but I'm not being a victim.

"I did a lot of work to catch up. We expect a lot from me, but I cannot ignore the first six months at West Ham.

"Today, I work with a coherent and individualised physical coach to reduce this gap with the rest of the group."

Diarra is on loan at Rennes until the end of the season but remains under contract at West Ham until 2015.

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