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Kranjcar on cup win and his Pompey future

Next up it is Niko Kranjcar who told sky sports what winning the FA cup with Pompey meant to him: 'it was a great honour to come to Pompey and win the FA Cup.

'It's a great moment in the club's history and I am very happy for myself and the team.'

Not immediately at the time, but a while later he also reflected on his own position with Pompey, following intense speculation that his future could be somewhere other than with Pompey next season...

Although he has again refused to rule out a move - which is fair enough given his reasons - he is happy where he is and would not go to just any old team: 'I don't want to go anywhere, I'm very happy. Obviously playing in Europe is a big chance for me.

'I'd be crazy if I said I wasn't tempted by the calls of big clubs because everyone wants to achieve the most in their career and play Champions League football and win more trophies.

'But I'm very happy at Portsmouth, especially after this win. You can only be happy and next season will only get better. Playing European football is another reason why I'm happy here.

'I'm not in a hurry to go anywhere, I'm 24 this summer and I'm looking ahead to the European Championships and having a great year.

'What the new season brings no-one knows yet but I'm happy at Portsmouth and it's a great place to be at the moment.'

As I have said all the long with the speculation that has build, if any move were in the best interests of the club it would happen, but as only a small band of clubs could offer him more than what we can he should not be in a hurry to move on, and he is not - like most of our players!

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Date:Monday May 19 2008

Time: 10:00AM

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Fair play Niko - an honest answer to the speculation. Had a good game on Sat, not his best but did enough. Lets hope he is still here for the next season to help with our European Invasion.
sneakay
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19/05/2008 10:21:00

he would only ever move to one of the top 4. he is definatly (sorry niko) not good enough for man u or chelsea. My view is that he is too expensive for arsenal, who dont like spending big money on players already playing in the premiership, and liverpool...who knows? but i wouldnt have thought it would actually be a particually big step up in his career, after all, who won more this season? us or arsenal and liverpool?
pompeycarpet
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19/05/2008 10:23:00

Rug, i have just been talking to someone who is well into liverpool says the scousers are trying to "nick im" with a crouch + kewell deal
russellm
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19/05/2008 10:30:00

he says that pool need to do this to off load some of their squad and because their transfer budget release date is not yet confirmed. the silly season begins
russellm
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19/05/2008 10:32:00

Don't bloody mention Kewell! Argh I'll explode.
stillthewhizz
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19/05/2008 17:47:00

I Herd Liverpool want to build him into the deal with Crouch+ cash & play him on the right, nothing on Kewell thou hope not too, but Liverpool are looking to off load players
pompeyyong
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19/05/2008 20:22:00

Oh! I still would like to keep Nico, he would be very hard to replace
pompeyyong
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19/05/2008 20:25:00

Kewell, Kewell, Kewell. Damn, I have Whizz all over me....yuk. Niko will go if Harry wants Crouch (who I don't think he will get) or any other top player. Niko will be another Benji; although I hope we get a better deal. How about a swap- Niko as a trade for Benji and Petrov together. I'd be happy with that.
frattonaussie
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20/05/2008 06:49:00

If Niko has a great Euro, his price will soar & the very big clubs will come in. If he wants to play for the big 4 here or an Italian or Spanish giant, there is little we can do other than reinvest the money in a few other players. If he stays then we will have the same story come January or next summer.
storagematt
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