​Newcastle and Leicester target Stephane Diarra has revealed he is flattered by the transfer interest being shown in him.

Diarra has scored three goals and registered two assists this season for a Le Mans side struggling at the foot of the Ligue 2 table. 


Despite his team's struggles, the 20-year-old's performances have been enough to attract the eyes of several British clubs.

As reported by L'Équipe (via Get French Football News) back in November, Leicester, Newcastle and Celtic are all scouting Diarra 'intensely' ahead of a potential move for the youngster in January.

Speaking to Goal, the Ivorian addressed this interest, admitting that while he was delighted to have so many top clubs tracking his progress he remains focussed on the challenge of keeping Le Mans out of relegation danger.

"I'm still young and the most important thing is to play," he began. 

"My goal is to play as many games as possible. It’s good to know that several clubs follow you, but leaving Le Mans this winter? I don’t know. I need to stay focused on my season. I'll watch what is going on and we will see." 

Diarra also revealed his intention to keep improving after a number of setbacks during the early stages of his career.


"There have been ups and downs in my career but I adjusted quickly to Ligue 2,” the winger added.

"I have to progress in a lot of areas but especially on efficiency – that's the biggest point for me. I have to do more and work on my final ball. Things are good today but not good enough."

Leicester have a history of signing players from lesser known French clubs with Riyad Mahrez arriving from Le Havre in January 2014, while N'Golo Kanté was brought in from Caen two seasons later. Both players went on to play vital roles in the club's 2015/2016 Premier League title triumph.

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