Date:Monday August 11 2008
After finally completing his much anticipated move to Pompey today Younes Kaboul again stressed to the Pompey Site that Pompey was the only club that he wanted to come to, hence his decision to do so: 'it wasn't a difficult choice to make coming here. Everyone in the papers was saying I was going to Sunderland or Aston Villa but I wanted to come here straight away.
'As soon as I knew they were interested I said: 'I want to come to Pompey'.
'I came here because the manager has wanted me for two years. I met him two years ago when I was at Auxerre and I like the man because he gives you confidence.
'It's a good opportunity for me because the club has a lot of ambition.
'I think Pompey are a top-five Premier League side and I believe I can achieve what I want to achieve at this club. Hopefully we can get off to a good start.
'I enjoyed my year at Tottenham and it taught me many things. I'm still young and I made progress but now I hope to make more progress here.'
The French defender - who can also act as a midfielder - believes that the quality of player we have here means we can kick on from what we have started. He also welcomes the competition for places: 'the players at the club have everything needed to do well this year. Players like Defoe, Distin and Campbell make up a really good side.
'I played with Defoe at Spurs and it's good to meet up with him again. He always talked to me at Tottenham and helped me to adapt. He told me Portsmouth is a good club to play for.
'There are experienced players like Sol and Sylvain who I can watch and learn from. It can only help me to play alongside them.
'It does mean that there is a lot of competition for places but that's good - it keeps everyone focused.
'Also, I can play in midfield or at the back - I don't mind really. The important thing is that I'm here and ready to play.
'I really want to do a good job here.'
I think that Kaboul will prove a fantastic signing, both in the short and long term as he is a quality defender who simply lost his way at Spurs. A year or so working alongside the likes of Sol Campbell, Sylvain Distin and Linvoy Primus, not forgetting the coaching from Tony Adams and we will see the defender that had such a high reputation return!
If only we could now add some width to our side/squad - we so desperately need this, and have done so for the past 12-months...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday August 11 2008
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