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Muntari's thoughts on leaving for Inter

Most feel that Sulley Muntari is leaving Pompey because the club want him sold to raise funds - whilst there can be little doubt the club view this as a good move - or he would not be sold - as the money we will get is not bad, I think we have to be fair and say that it is not just a case of us pushing to make this deal happen, as it does appear that Inter is not a move he is turning down... and understandably so!

Muntari has told The News that it is hard to leave Pompey, but he could not refuse the lure of Inter, a big club, which he missed out on by not being able to join Manyoo a few years back after reportedly not being granted a work permit or agreeing terms - dependant on where you read it: 'Harry has developed my game and has become like a father to me, but when a club like Inter come calling you have to listen.

'I love him and I love the Portsmouth fans but I missed an opportunity once to join a big club a few years ago and I don't want to miss it again.'

So, as I say as much as it might be a good deal for us it is not simply a case of us being the only ones involved here, as he does want the move - who knows maybe he wanted this more than we wanted him to go?

No one knows what we will get, all sorts of 'reports' are being bounced about but after paying Udinese a slice of what we owe them as a sell on fee, not wanting to alarm anyone - although I am sure you have already thought of this - would this buy the reported main targets Shaun Wright-Phillips, Nicky Shorey and Younes Kaboul?

I am not convinced it will to be honest, the latter two yes with money left over but I think we would still have to sell to raise more for Wright-Phillips, who I feel could still yet arrive on a season loan capacity anyway...

Not forgetting, we could need to replace Muntari, which clearly we do as what we have is not like him, but I think what we do have is enough to compensate his loss - yep we have lost the power and muscle, some of the quality too but you have a squad of players that 'should' be good enough, so most in my thinking are good enough to fill the breach, although knowing Harry Redknapp he will probably pull something out of the bag, even if it does not happen until deadline day!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 26 2008

Time: 8:42AM

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Can't blame the fella for wanting to go or the club for letting him. I say that he never reached his best at Pompey and for that reason he won't be 'sorely' missed but we will miss his muscle in the middle. Good luck Sulley from Udinese you leave us with a Cup Winners medal and from our point of view you leave us with the memory of scoring that pen at Old Trafford that put the whole city into raptures and sent us on to win the FA Cup..
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26/07/2008 08:59:00

I think the squad can just about cope physically with his departure but it will allow Harry to change the ethos of the team by playing a creative midfielder in his place, where before, there was no room. I believe Harry said recently that he needed one to dribble, create and scare the opposition. Gawd knows who, of course, but I'm still a huge fan of D'Allesandro and would love to see him back. Trouble is, they are like gold dust.
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26/07/2008 09:08:00

i still say Mendes is more effective in the middle with Diarra with Kranjcar and Utaka/SWP on the wings which means Sulley wouldnt even be a first choice starter. in that case the money is fantastic and will be used to strengthen other areas of the squad. Even if not Mendes with Diarra Harry seems to prefer Diop... Thanx for the memories Sulley, go on and probably get even better but if i had to sacrifice one of our 10m+ boys ahead of next season he would be the one.
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26/07/2008 09:10:00

Good point Southport - Mendes and Diarra play at their best when they are partners. Good luck Sulley and thanks for the memories.
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26/07/2008 09:22:00

only point is we lose the physicality, but id swap that for creativity to supply Crouch and Defoe anyday!
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26/07/2008 09:38:00

Good comment you guys.
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26/07/2008 11:22:00

This could be tyhe time for Diop to show us what he can really do, he's never been at home on the right. Although I'd prefer Mendes to Diop in the middle.
Steve C
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26/07/2008 14:56:00

Sadly D'Allesandro won't be coming back any time soon Et Tu. He's only very recently signed for a club called Internacional in Brazil.
Pompey Half Pint
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26/07/2008 17:34:00

rumors re-surfacing about Viera personally id rather stay with Diarra and Mendes, was good coming on in the win this evening
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26/07/2008 20:36:00

sorry - you'll not get SWP as a loan! Sale or nothing! Even then we'll wait until we've played you before selling him!
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26/07/2008 20:57:00

I think what merlin says is true - we won't want Shaun to pop up and net a goal that might cost Chelsea points. I quite liked Muntari though - I think he has good potential, since he's still quite young.
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26/07/2008 22:27:00

I don't believe SWP will come on loan either. Loan is for players who are unproven or needing experience, but SWP is neither of those. Chelsea don't need the money, so they might as well keep him if they don't get an offer to buy. Besides, I'm pretty sure someone else will try to nip in and buy him if we try to mess about with a loan.
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27/07/2008 05:25:00

Fair well Sulley and thanks for the years service you gave us. You will always be remembered for the penalty at Old Trafford that made me loose my voice. Hopefully we will see you in the Champions League in a few seasons.
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27/07/2008 10:16:00

It's still not confirmed yet, right?
Fan of Blues
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27/07/2008 13:07:00

It hasn't gone through yet but it will - Sulley didn't fly to Nigeria. I can understand him going to a huge club like that, and wish him all the best. And it does allow us to buy a few more players. I think SWP will come - but we'll see.
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27/07/2008 16:24:00

My cousin in Mlata is a huge Juve fan, never thought the day would come that they buy a player from us!!!
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27/07/2008 17:32:00

Sorry taking bollox again. He ain't going to Juve but Inter! Dohhhhhhhh.
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27/07/2008 22:03:00

pAPA bOUBA DIOP adds a certain physicality if he can pull it together!!
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28/07/2008 01:30:00


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