Hughes dismisses Diarra claim

26 December 2008 10:39
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has dismissed claims by former Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra that he rejected an offer from the Citizens to join Real Madrid. Diarra moved to the Bernabeu earlier in the week for a fee in the region of £20million, before claiming that City had offered him more money to stay in England. He told L'Equipe: "Were Manchester City keen to sign me? Yes, indeed. On a financial level, I would have earned a lot more. "But Real are very attractive and I believe I have earned respect. Real came and I was their priority, that makes you think. It is an honour." However, Hughes responded by telling Sky Sports News: "We were made aware of what level the deal was at and what it would take to bring the boy to the club. "In the end we understood the figures and felt it wasn't right for us. There was never an offer made for Lassana Diarra. "We were not given permission to speak with him. For him to say that he was offered more money is completely wrong. "We've been linked with every player that is known to man, so we have to accept that."

Source: ESA