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Kranjcar reveals his future ambition

Kranjcar reveals his future ambition

Niko Kranjcar has told The News that although he is very happy with Pompey his future does most probably lie away from Pompey in the longer term: 'you want to be at the biggest stage.

'You take it a step at a time in your career but your final goal is as high as possible. You do everything to achieve and then you look to see if you are happy with your career.

'I'm very happy with my form at the moment and I'm happy at Portsmouth. But at the end of the day every player dreams of playing for a big, big club with even bigger traditions.

'Every player wants to play in the Champions League and wants to win trophies.

'At the moment Portsmouth are going that way. Things don't happen overnight, but moving on is something to think about in the future'.

Kranjcar has not said anything that is new to me, or any of you I am sure, and knowing the way the media work some these are comments that have been rehashed, reused or phrased to suit them - as is often the case.

Either way, as much as this is something that I accept, and ambition is something that everyone should have I do wish that the players would just solely concentrate on the job in hand at this point in time - that being achieving the European qualification they all say they want - and let whatever will be in the future, remain just that - the future...

Yep, we know the score and how things 'will probably go' and although it might sound harsh do they need to keep reminding us of such things?


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Date:Thursday February 14 2008
Time: 12:00PM


Would players be satisfied if Pompey qualified for Champions League football or would they then still want to go to a "bigger" club
14/02/2008 12:17:00
Sadly there are always bigger clubs. £15-20m & we would sell Nico.
14/02/2008 12:24:00
I hope Niko stays with us for the long future to come. If he leaves it should be for top money but you never know with us...
14/02/2008 12:28:00
Don't you guys get tired of all this "I'm very happy..... but I'd go to a bigger club if they came knocking" rubbish. It's pretty insulting to one's intelligence. HR summed it up well when he said that one week a player is kissing the club's badge the next week he's gone. They remind me of the politicians who say they are perfectly happy following the party leaders resignation .. ' and have no intention of standing... unless of course, my party needs me..'
14/02/2008 13:01:00
How do you define ambition & loyalty? 1 contradicts the other. Whilst they are here & thankfully they are, they will give there all. We all benefit. Players move up & on. If we kept all our 'sold'players we wouldn't have Nico & Diarra. Ambition & loyalty applies to us all, fans, clubs & players.
14/02/2008 13:17:00
Is there still any satisfaction is making a small club big(ger) or must you always move? I think Niko will stay for some time yet.
14/02/2008 13:18:00
We have to accept this is part of the game, and Storagematt is right, there will always be bigger clubs - even if you're Man Utd you can lose players to Real Madrid etc etc. I think that players have the same kind of 'loyalty' to their clubs that we do to our employers, its the same thing to them. Niko is a promising young player and of course he has ambition. I hope he stays a while yet though - I think he probably will.
14/02/2008 13:24:00
StorageMatt: Sure but that's not the only issue - the issue is that they state the obvious as though it had never occurred to us or the club that they would move on for a better offer. And in Kranky's case not so long ago he was happy for life at PFC [a badge kisser], now he's lost some weight and under HR's guidance is playing well. Now in his mind he’s a contender for a move to a bigger club and on the back of that he feels the need to cynically advertise his availability... as though the 500 or so agents that track the EPL are not constantly watching games just like you and I. Even if we accept that we will lose our best players to bigger clubs, they should at least during the season button it so that we can all concentrate on team results rather than individual advancement. I much prefer Benjani’s upfront approach – “I didn’t want to go, I pinched myself in disbelief, I missed flights thinking I’d wake up from a bad dream, but when I saw the money on offer I signed within 5 minutes”. I think it was Wenger or Sir Alex who said the more vocal a player was about wanting to move whilst playing for his current club the more sceptical we become about signing him... and if we do sign him his lack of loyalty which no doubt will one day affect us, will be reflected both in how much we are prepared to pay for him and how much we pay him .. [btw, Kranky was interviewed in this month’s 4-4-2, he comes across as a very political animal]
14/02/2008 13:42:00
I agree with storagematt, we need to remember this is a business and within any business people move on.... if we can get some decent money for him and bring new players in that will help develop the club then it can only be a good thing (this is my head speaking) Heart wise... I hope he stays and Sacha makes billions from his millions and then money is no longer an issue!
14/02/2008 13:49:00
as said, i can appreciate and understand the 'ambition' that players have, the fact that they 'constantly' feel the need to remind us of this winds me up - it could 'amost' be viewed as a 'come and get me plea' which i would hope this isnt from kranjcar...
14/02/2008 14:07:00
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