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Diarra: Gourcuff would be a big loss for Bordeaux

Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra hopes the club can retain the services of playmaker Yoann Gourcuff, despite suggestions that he is on the brink of joining Lyon.

Gourcuff started on the bench for Bordeaux's 2-1 win over Paris Saint Germain on Sunday night and it is believed that the France international could be joining rivals Lyon.

Diarra, who scored Bordeaux's opening goal in the win over PSG, certainly believes Gourcuff will leave a sizeable hole in the club's midfield if he does move to Stade Gerland.

"Even with limited playing time he was decisive tonight," Diarra said on Sunday. "It is the mark of a great player. We know what he can bring. He is an important player for Bordeaux. Now he has a choice to make.

"It would be a shame if he left Bordeaux. But if he does leave we would respect his choice."

Bordeaux's victory came courtesy of a last-gasp goal from Michael Ciani and ended a run of two consecutive defeats at the start of the Ligue 1 campaign. Diarra was relieved that the 2009 champions returned to winning ways.

"I hope this is the beginning of a good run," Diarra told L'Equipe. "It's great for morale, especially as PSG were in good form. They were one of the form teams in the early weeks.

"Beating them on their own patch will give us a psychological boost. It can start our season. We showed great determination, great character and the commitment which was missing from our previous two games."

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