Diarra: I hope to stay in Madrid
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Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra said Wednesday his future at the Spanish club remains uncertain beyond the January transfer window despite having started during the past three matches.

"I'm at Real Madrid and I have a contract. A month ago the situation was more difficult, but I hope to play here. Currently I am thinking only of the next game, but I don't know if I will remain here," he told a news conference.

"I continue to work and I am at the club's disposal. I previously said I would assess my situation in January. I don't think much about playing or not. I just enjoy myself and try to help Real Madrid win," the 25-year-old French international added.

Diarra, who has played for English sides Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth, in the past, has struggled for time on the pitch under Real's new Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho.

He has made just nine appearances for Real this season in La Liga and five in the UEFA Champions League.