Modibo Diakite

Factfile: Modibo Diakite

by Ashley Houghton

How much do you know about new signing?

- The 26-year-old was born in Bourg-la-Reine, France on 2nd March 1987.

- Diakite is of Senegalese descent and will be eligible to play for both France and Senegal at international level, though he is yet to be capped for either

- Standing at 6’4", Diakite is an out and out central defender

- His first senior club was Pescara where he progressed through the youth ranks and made on first-team appearance before joining Lazio

 - He joined the Roman club for €300,000 and played three first-team games in his opening campaign as Lazio finished third in Serie A and qualified for the UEFA Champions League

- Unfortunately for Diakite he would miss the 2007-08 season after breaking his tibia in Lazio’s first game of the season against Torino

- The following campaign Diakite scored his first Lazio goal as the Rome side came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Udinese in Udine

- During the 2008-09 campaign Diakite extended his stay with Lazio for a further five years as his side won the Coppa Italia for the first time in five seasons

 - It was during the 2009-10 season that Diakite found opportunities easier to come by, playing 28 games in all competitions as Lazio finished 12th in Serie A and went out of the UEFA Europa League in a tough group stage

- Lazio improved during the 2010-11 campaign to finish fifth as Diakite made his 50th appearance for the club

- Diakite played more games than any other season in the 2011-12 campaign, playing 36 times and scoring once as Lazio finished fourth in Serie A as well as narrowly losing out to Atletico Madrid in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League

- The defender made his 88th, and last, appearance for Lazio in the 2012-13 Coppa Italia final 16 game as the Rome side won 4-1 on penalties against Siena.