Late on in the transfer window, Wolverhampton Wanderers knocked on Strasbourg’s door for two of their midfielders.
They got one in Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, but also tried for Habib Diarra, a younger option with more potential.
While Strasbourg eventually sold the former, they stood firm for the latter, and gave him a new contract this month, much to the delight of the Wolves target, as he explained to L’Alsace.
He said: “It means a lot. It’s the club that helped me grow, the club trusted me. To continue the adventure here, it’s beautiful and magnificent.”
He was then kept out of the starting line up for a while to allow him to relax and let the situation around him cool off, but he is now back and impacting his team’s results.
Wolves went as far as offering €25m for the player, showing just how much they were prepared to get the 19-year-old.
There was talk of them still being interested, but with him now under contract at Strasbourg until 2028, the French club have a lot of leverage in negotiations.