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Lyon midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, who has been linked with a move away from the club, has confirmed that he wants to join Real Madrid.

However, the 25-year-old believes his hopes of a move are being undermined by Lyon’s unrealistic demands.

The French champions are currently holding out for €35 million for Diarra.

“I can’t wait anymore,” he told L’Equipe. “On Monday, Real Madrid told Lyon they wanted a meeting to discuss my transfer.

“The result is Lyon turned a deaf ear. Then, they said if Real want a rendezvous, there is just one solution, come with a €35 million cheque.

“Do you realise, €35 million!?

“I finally had a phone call with chairman Jean-Michel Aulas. I told him my desire to join Real. Obviously he didn’t hear me.

“A club like Real offers you to wear his shirt; it happens just once in a career.

“I can’t stand the idea that they deny me that opportunity in asking €35 million just to talk around a table.”

“At the moment, I am with Malian team, and I should be back at Lyon on Thursday.

“If at that time the situation has not changed, I will tell them what I am thinking about all that.

“I am keen to do anything, not resuming training-sessions with Lyon or even leaving for Mali if the club doesn’t negotiate with Real.

“It is very clear in my mind, I want to leave for Real.

“What annoys me the most, is the fact l’OL tries to gain time, even for a meeting with Real. That is really a lack of respect towards the player and such a club.”

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