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James - I'm going nowhere!

James - I'm going nowhere!

David James has pledged his future to Pompey, insisting in The News that he is not looking to leave the club anytime soon.

As far as he is concerned he has a contract until 2010 and the England no.1 has no intention of going just because Harry Redknapp has: 'although Harry has left, nothing has changed as far as I'm concerned regarding my future at the club.

'I'm very confident for the future with the players we've got here. If we'd lost half of the players when Harry left, then things might be slightly different.

'But we haven't lost any players and I'm confident we'll continue to do well.'

I believe what he says as he always comes across as a man with loyalty and morals - if he says he does not want to leave then I genuinely believe that he means it, but we also need to be loyal to him as well!

Player after player is being 'linked' with other clubs, mainly Spurs which is clearly an easy assumption to make seeing as Redknapp has gone to them, but James has also said that unless the club need to sell players he can see no reason why others will be thinking any different to him: 'I'd imagine that if any players left, it would be down to financial reasons and nothing else.

'You could argue that if some do leave, it would have happened with Harry had he been here anyway.

'Of course, I'm hoping everything will stay exactly as it is.

'We've got some excellent players and I don't know of any who want to leave just because Harry has gone.'

As far as I am concerned now, having taken a week or so to take stock and gather my thoughts much as James has said I am no less concerned or worried, or even bothered about players leaving in January than I was with or without Redknapp - I expected at least 1 player to go, and still feel this will be the case so it will come as no surprise to me should this happen, and to be honest should it really come as a surprise to anyone?

At the end of the day though if players want to leave let them go, if playing for Redknapp again means so much to them let them do it - if they want to stay, and we are in a financial position to allow this lets stick by them as they want to stick by us! Loyalty is basically a thing of the past in football, but it is not completely dead, but cuts both ways...

As said before, as much as I would love them all to stay if letting go of the jewel in the crown Lassana Diarra meant we could keep others then this is a sacrifice that we would have to make - this is one that I had accepted happening in January, next summer at the latest, anyway, lets be honest the fella is too good for us, he is too good for most other clubs in this country too! Ideal scenario for me would be Milan seeing him against them in the uefa cup, thinking 'I'll have some of that' and they take him to Italy!

By selling him, if we get what we should do for him - at least £15-£20m, this should allow us to keep others, if others go potentially we would have to sell 2 or 3 for the money we 'should' get for him.

In an ideal world we will keep them all, but this is not an ideal world is it - but again lets not get too downhearted and too negative, anyone that was not prepared for at least one departure in January with or without Redknapp needs a rethink - but his departure should not change too much that will happen, and hopefully won't...


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Date:Thursday November 6 2008
Time: 12:23PM


Just got back from picking up the News and this article has cheered me up no end. Like you say Rug, all of all the people in football, he's one of the ones most likely to tell the truth. Not only is he a superstar - he's OUR superstar.
06/11/2008 13:27:00
ive been waiting to here more from jamo, his silence over the past week seems to have spoken alot to me - he wasnt happy that HR upped and went...
he has done his part, now it is down to us to do ours - the 'real' test will come in january, 'should' we get a £2m plus offer if we take it, if we accept then he will go, not because he wants to but once offers are accepted it becomes clear that the player is expendable - and jamo is one of the players we desperately need to keep!
06/11/2008 15:02:00
also, have you noticed how, despite the early 'james commits to pompey' way of reporting it the spin now is 'james fears pompey exodus!'...
06/11/2008 15:03:00
How does it spin to the fear of an exedous. I think it speaks words when James says there is no-one he knows that wants to leave. Very positive.
06/11/2008 16:43:00
06/11/2008 17:03:00
Would be very hard to replace. Jamo is the optime of our recent success. I doubt if we would have achived what did without him.
06/11/2008 17:06:00
I trust jamo is speaking the truth... unlike when HR said he was pompey for life... although at the time, I belevied that too! anyway, 2 million for jamo I would NEVER take - he is worth s much more to us than that (in terms of gained points/league position alone)! and as far as the "players may leave if the money's right" ... what's new there?
06/11/2008 17:26:00
When you read the article, he doesn't rule anything out, he doesn't say he's 'Pompey till I die', he says he wants things to stay the same, and if they do, he's happy to stay. He hasn't made any silly pledges he might not be able to keep, which you have to respect. What is good is that when Harry's little finger beckons him in January, Jamo won't go running, and I'm sure Tony will fight to keep him. As for £2m - you're having a larf!
06/11/2008 18:32:00
Need to keep Jamo. He is the model pro at the club for others to base their careers on. Fantastic player and Gent.
06/11/2008 19:23:00
With you there tracy and p4me. Great player, great man.
06/11/2008 20:13:00
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