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Redknapp/Diarra bites back and Govou linked again

Harry Redknapp has today taken time to speak to The Sunday Mirror to again stress his future lies with Pompey.

He says that he will stay with Pompey until he retires as 'this is my team and my club and I don't want to stop at winning the FA Cup, I want to build and move on.'

He did admit once again to being tempted by one or two of the offers but he will finish his managerial days here, but not just yet as he wants to - as said - build on the FA cup success: 'any unfulfilled dreams I have left in football can be achieved here. This is where I belong and this is where I want to finish.

'It would have been easy to walk away in the past year and I don't think anyone would have had any real complaints.

'But, as tempting as the offers were, I couldn't have lived with myself. There would have been a massive sense of betrayal.'

If anyone can build on winning the FA cup then Redknapp can, but for now I am happy to carry on basking in the glory of being cup holders - if anything else comes along it will be even better...

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Responding to claims that Arsene Wenger made the other day about Lassana Diarra 'panicking' when making his decision to join Pompey in January, Diarra has made claims that 'promises' were made to him that were not kept, that is why he moved on, with him telling The News of the World: 'I really can't understand why Mr Wenger is choosing to make such a fuss over me again.

'Why does he not move on? He speaks about me more than when I was there. It's a very strange one.

'Do you really think I would leave a side like Chelsea to join Arsenal if certain promises were not made? I did not panic but wanted to play as promised.'

However he believes fully justified in his decision too move on by the fact that he picked up a cup winners medal last weekend: 'Portsmouth winning the FA Cup has more than justified my decision to make the move from Arsenal back in January.'

As said after what Wenger said, am I - or any other Pompey fan - really that bothered by why he joined us or not? The only think that I am bothered about is the fact that he did sign, and all being well he will stay for a while yet!

Hopefully this will end 'the debate' that the pair have had, and all can finally move on...

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Sidney Govou was a name that was 'linked' with Pompey last summer, and he is again now with it claimed that Redknapp was at the French cup final at the weekend, with the French international one of the players he was watching.

Govou, who scored the winning goal for Lyon, operates as a winger or a striker, so could fill one of two rolls for us. It is said that he is 'ready to open a new chapter in his career' after 8 years with Lyon...

Amara Diane was on display, playing for Paris St-Germain, and the striker is said to be another that he was 'looking at'.

He would cost a reported 5m, and is being 'heavily linked' with a move to England, with Newcastle one of the clubs thought to be interested.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 25 2008

Time: 2:27PM

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I thought the days of having a player called Sid were over in the 60's so that's quite exciting. A current France player can't be bad but I would prefer Karim Benzema - but who wouldn't.
Et_tu_Pompeii
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25/05/2008 16:50:00

Can I just say a big thank you to you guys who run this site. Apart from being well informed, it is uptodate and unbiased (well only a tiny bit). It is the site for any true blue. Thanks and well done.
pompeyfrance
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25/05/2008 17:24:00

diarra is a great player... he is the new makelele and will be better each time..
imdccu
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25/05/2008 17:26:00

diarra is not the new maka..but the reason for that is that he is different player..more flamini less maka!!
essientric
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25/05/2008 17:44:00

hopefully govou signs he is quick and a good player very useful with the ball.
stfc ballboy
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25/05/2008 17:50:00

as someone chipped in whilst listening to my mate and i were discuissing pompey transfers in the pub earlier,... palw pompey transfers dey aaiint exxackly rwocket science mayte, if the geezer's farst blayck and a frog, Arry's gonna wannim int ee. after translation we realised he had a point
russellm
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25/05/2008 18:13:00

Wenger's just in a bad mood because we won more than he did this year. Diarra realized that it's often better to be a big fish in a smaller pond, and was rewarded for that with a medal. As Rug said, why do we care what his motivations might have been. The only relevance his motivations would have had would be if he had come down with the wrong attitude, but his attitude has been exemplary, and never was it more evident than in the cup final last week. Any time a player with that skill level wants to come and play with as much heart as he has, I say we roll out the red carpet. Got any more you won't play, Arsene?
PhilTaglia
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25/05/2008 18:49:00

Yes I herd this too & also not so good news for Mendes fans as he has been reported to want to go to spain, Mallorca this time possible deal Jonas Manuel Gutierez name has come up again.
pompeyyong
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25/05/2008 22:09:00

thanks for that pompeyfrance :-)
pompeyrug
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25/05/2008 23:05:00

having read your comment fully now russ, was only able to read it quickly earlier it makes sense - i thought you had been on the champers or something at first...
govou would be a good signing, but the chances are he will just be one of many, many names linked - but you never know!
diarra has been exceptional for us, so long as he wants to stay i will be happy, why he came here tbh i couldnt give a rats, all we know is that he is, and long may it continue - fingers crossed...
pompeyrug
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25/05/2008 23:11:00

Philtaglia mentions Diarra's attitude and he is so right to do so! But what would be ideal as a first attribute? Skill or attitude. I say attitude wins by a whisker, but luckily for us, Diarra has plenty of both. I suspect Wenger's problem is he is only just beginning to realise this...
Gandor
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26/05/2008 00:18:00

wnger often goes on the defensive when he realises he was wrong doesnt he - which in all fairness he isnt often is he... as you say tho i reckon he is beginning to realise that diarra was one that most certainly slipped his net that he now wishes hadnt!
pompeyrug
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26/05/2008 09:31:00

It great we are looking at top players at top clubs, it still amazes me how far e have come in the last 5 years.
storagematt
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