Diakite: I am not depressed

  • Last Updated: September 7 2012, 17:03 BST

Samba Diakite has responded to reports suggesting he is suffering with depression with shock and anger.

Samba Diakite: Shocked and angered

It had been claimed the QPR midfielder had headed home to France, with Hoops manager Mark Hughes reported to have granted him extended leave.

The Mali international's unexplained absence from the QPR side which lost 3-1 to Manchester City, and comments made by Hughes in the wake of that contest, sparked the rumours.

Diakite admits that he has recently taken in a break back in Paris, but that trip is believed to have been undertaken due to a delicate personal matter.

He is now back in London and was put through his paces along with the rest of the QPR squad on Friday.

The 23-year-old is disappointed to have found himself the subject of upsetting headlines, but is keen to point out that "all is well".

"Frankly, I do not understand why some people start rumours like that," Diakite told RMC Sport.

"I was a bit tired in the last few days and my club allowed me to spend three days in Paris. But I am not depressed.

"My club are my employers and I was in contact with them every day.

"All of a sudden I wake up this morning, open the newspapers and learn that someone has said that I am depressed. This is ridiculous and disappointing.

"I am currently in London and I have been to training, so this is amazing.

"It saddens me because I received calls from concerned members of my family. Fortunately I am a strong character as this could have had serious consequences for someone who is weak.

"I want to assure my friends and fans of QPR that I will be at training on Monday with the rest of the group and all is well."