Abou Diaby has vowed to find a new club and says he’s training hard in the coming months to secure a move in the second-half of the season.

The 31-year-old is currently without a club after he was released from Marseille last summer. Few people would blame Diaby for retiring after his many struggles with injury, but the Frenchman remains determined to continue playing professional football.

“The idea is to find a club in the winter mercato. I have three good months to be able to prepare well, to integrate into a club and to play later,” he told beIN Sports via Tribal Football.

“I take this as a fight, the struggle of my life. I always had goals, I wanted to know how far I could go. It is true that after there were my problems of injury but everything calls me to be patient and to fight to find a solution favorable to my problem.”

Diaby left Arsenal in 2015 for a fresh start in France with Marseille. However, he only managed six appearances in two years before he was released. The list of injuries Diaby has had over the years is extensive.

He was once a highly promising midfielder and excited many while he was a young player at Arsenal. But a bad tackle from Sunderland defender Dan Smith broke his ankle and ended up being the cause of many more injury problems in the future.

Despite being an Arsenal player for 10 years, he only managed around 180 appearances. Diaby’s determination is admirable, given that very few clubs will be willing to take a chance on a player who can barely play football these days.

Personally, it’d be fantastic to see him find a new club and have some success before calling time on his playing career.

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