Diarra would take Real exit

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Mahamadou Diarra accepts he could be used as a bargaining chip by Real Madrid, but insists he is happy with the Spanish giants.

Since joining Real from Lyon in a £17.6million transfer last summer, the Mali international has struggled to recapture the form which saw him become one of the leading midfielders in Europe.

Reports have suggested that Real could use Diarra as bait at the end of the season in a bid to tempt Milan into parting with Brazilian schemer Kaka.

Diarra is aware that he could become a pawn in Real's transfer game, but has stressed he is happy at Santiago Bernabeu, despite being short of top form.

"You can expect anything and be ready for everything," said Diarra.

"If some people believe the arrival of someone else is needed, and to achieve it some players need to leave, I will take it.

"Maybe not everyone is happy with me. I just know I will soon be able to achieve great things at Real.

"I have no worries. I have to take it on, my performances at Real are not the ones I expected. I would even say it is not great.

"I know I can do much more, but I remain optimistic. I know it will come back.

"Of course I am happy here, I decided to sign here. Even if I had to face difficult moments, I am very happy to wear that shirt.

"I can assert that my relationships with the coach and my team-mates are very good."