Date:Friday January 2 2009
Pompey Executive Chairman, Peter Storrie, has issued a statement rubbishing all of the rumours currently circulating in the 'popular' press. Not for the first time Peter is keen to put a stop to the scare-mongering being spread over the future of the club and our star players.
He told the club's Official Site -
'Quite simply the media speculation is a load of rubbish.
The club is not in any financial difficulty. Yes, we are up for sale, but so are about a third of Premier League clubs.
Sacha Gaydamak will only sell to a buyer who is prepared to invest and take the club to the next level. If that doesn`t happen he will continue to support Portsmouth Football Club in the same way that he has for the past three years.
Having sold Lassana Diarra to Real Madrid we do not have to sell any more players.
Jermain Defoe seems to want to leave and Tony Adams said publicly on the day he took the manager's job that he only wants players here who want to play for the club.
Should we sell Jermain it will only be at the right price. Spurs are clearly interested but if they want him they will have to match our valuation. It will be on our terms. And if he goes, he will be the only one and he will be replaced.
Even then it will be up to Tony, so I don't envisage any other movement out except for some players who are out of contract at the end of the season and are not figuring in the first team squad.
We have already secured the permanent signing of Nadir Belhadj and Tony and I are working on getting some other new faces in as quickly as we can to bolster the squad.
We are also in the process of offering new deals to some of the players who are out of contract at the end of the season.'
It is certainly good news that some of the many out of contract players are being offered new terms as a number of them have certainly earned it this season. Of those Lauren and Richard Duffy have already been told they can leave this month if they find another club.
Date:Friday January 2 2009
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