Alou Diarra: France midfielder departs Charlton

Alou Diarra
Alou Diarra won 44 caps for France and captained them at the 2010 World Cup

Charlton Athletic have cancelled the contract of former France international Alou Diarra at the player's request.

The 35-year-old former Lens, Bordeaux, Marseille and West Ham midfielder wishes to return to France to be closer to his family.

Diarra scored one goal in 45 appearances for the Addicks after moving to The Valley in January 2015.

"I'm very proud of the experience I have had here and I will never forget my time at Charlton," he said.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old striker Karlan Ahearne-Grant has agreed a contract extension until 2019.