Charlton Athletic defensive midfielder Alou Diarra has revealed that his move to West Ham United back in 2012 was the worst decision of his career.
Currently playing for Sky Bet Championship side Charlton Athletic, the Frenchman has reflected on what was a disappointing stage of his footballing career.
The 34-year-old, who is currently seeing out the tail end of his career, has played professional football for the last 16 years in a career that has seen him play for the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Marseille.
However, he has told French TV programme Telefoot that his two-year stint at West Ham United was the worst stage of his career.
He said: “Signing for West Ham was the worst decision I made in my career” and then went on to describe his stay at Upton Park as a “waste of time”.
These are strong words from the physical defensive player, who has enjoyed a successful career all over Europe.
Currently, Diarra is putting in some good performances for Charlton in the Championship, but he remains very aware that his footballing career is drawing to a close.
However, Charlton boss Guy Luzon is keen to utilise the veteran’s versatility and ability to play in defensive midfield or centre-back to help the London side claw their way up the Championship table.
The Addicks have had a poor start to the season, winning just the two games thus far this campaign. But there’s no doubt that Diarra will be hoping to continue his form and extend his career for as long as possible.
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