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Star free agent reveals he is open to Man United move, eyes emotional reunion with Mourinho

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The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are continually greeted with big news as sensational developments continue to unfold at Old Trafford. 

If you hadn’t heard already, it seems as if Jose Mourinho will replace Louis van Gaal in charge of the Red Devils after the Dutchman was sacked following a largely miserable two years in charge.

As you might expect, the club are linked with all manner of players from around the globe as the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ looks to mark his arrival in typical blockbuster fashion.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic widely tipped for a reunion with his former coach after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, much of the talk naturally centres around the superstar Swede.

However, another former trusted lieutenant of the 53-year old has revealed he would be open to the possibility of linking up with the Portuguese again.

Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra, who worked with Mourinho at Chelsea, has announced he is free to leave the Stade Velodrome after the club failed to qualify for European competition after a miserable season in Ligue 1.

The former Arsenal star has remerged as a top class midfielder with Les Phocéens and briefly played his way back into the international reckoning with France, though narrowly missed out on a place in the Euro 2016 squad.

He has been linked with United, as well as Tottenham, though has announced the prospect of working with Mourinho again is indeed one that excites him.

‘There is a clause in my contract that allows me to leave if we did not qualify for European football’, he told L’Equipe.

‘I do not want to enter a war with Marseille and I don’t think there will be one. I hope Marseille will stick to their word.

‘I will never forget Marseille and the fans, who showed me a lot of affection. I do not know yet where I will play next season. I am calm about my future, there’s time. I have not signed for PSG.

‘Mourinho? I know him well. I have enjoyed some great times with him. He is a coach I really like. But we will see what happens next season.’

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