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Read into this what you will?

Read into this what you will?

The future of Glen Johnson became 'unclear', if that is the right choice of words, late Sunday night... But then early today 'seemed' to be very clear?

First of all he is quoted in The Mail as saying 'there was only so much I could take at Chelsea' and the club made him fall out of love with the game whereas 'Portsmouth made me love the game again.'

Many people feel that far too many footballers these days are happy to pick up the money and if they are not always playing they can deal with that - Johnson certainly does not to seem to be one of those, he is one that loves what he does: 'when I was at Chelsea, I used to tell my mates 'I'm paid to play football, but football is what I'm doing the least'.

'They knew my situation and were sympathetic. They are football fans but, at the same time, they are my mates and they felt for me. They were trying to keep my head up to get through it.'

The England man certainly has, and hopefully still does, appreciate what he has at Pompey and said as much: 'there's a saying that what hurts you only makes you stronger. It definitely made me appreciate playing at Portsmouth. It's crazy really.

'I was frustrated every day at Chelsea, but Portsmouth brought the love back.'

So, like I say 'read into this what you will?'

For me this 'seemed' to rule out a return to Chelski? Why would such things be said about a club if you are just about to return to them...

However Johnson then went on to pay great tribute to his former West Ham and then of course Pompey manager Jamie's Dad: 'Harry Redknapp signed me and it helped to play week in, week out. That was one of the main reasons I signed for Portsmouth and it was just what I needed.

'We had a great bunch of lads down there and that was really good for me as well.'

Again, 'read into this what you will?'

This 'might' have then suggested that the next move he made, if he even did, would be a move to Spurs to re-unite with his old manager once again...

Of course a lot depends on when these 'quotes' were actually given?

They appear to be fresh but are they possibly older thoughts that have been dragged up again by The Mail with a possible Chelski return on the cards?

All in all this left me 'slightly hopeful' again that we would keep Johnson then The Mirror comes this morning and raises hope yet further!

Basically, they are suggesting that following previous thoughts - so they must be new? - he is ready to turn his back on Chelski and Liverpool and remain at Pompey as we rescued his club and international career: 'there's no decision to take as no one's spoken to me.

'I'm a Portsmouth player and will be. They gave me regular football and made me love the game again.'

'There's no decision to take,' read into that part alone what you will but that sounds like a man committing his future to Pompey, as he had when he signed his new 4-year contract back in January...

Who knows what will happen, but these very latest thoughts seem highly positive and as The Mirror did put it make it seem like he 'is ready to pledge his future to Portsmouth.'

Fingers crossed eh!


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Date:Monday June 8 2009
Time: 8:19AM


At least 'his' loyalty trait didn't rub off on Johnno - I'm hopeful he will stay. With Dr SAF looking to come in these are exciting times on the South Coast, so it won't do any player any harm to stay one extra year to see what unfolds before making any decisions.
08/06/2009 08:58:00
Let's just keep our fingers crossed then - sounds more hopeful than I expected.
08/06/2009 09:26:00
Yeah...I'd go with that Gino, at the end of the day he's only 24 and what's another year. Keeping my fingers crossed.
08/06/2009 09:28:00
Does GJ want to move to the North of England? Does he want to go back to an unhappy place like Chelsea? Both could a 'NO'. If he wants first team football, play for England & the great potential with Dr SAF, he'll stay put. Here's hoping he does!
08/06/2009 09:31:00
I he doesn't want to go to Spurs.
08/06/2009 12:50:00
on another note. How come the West Ham and Sunderland sales got completed so quickly and here we are still waiting.... considering West Ham were supposedly trying to hijack our deal
08/06/2009 13:46:00
Going to Spurs wouldn't be much of a step from us, tbh. Would be a pointless move.. Good to see he has some loyalty, unlike old droopy chops.
08/06/2009 15:25:00
"It will be a dilemma when a big club comes in for me," he added in The Mail. "But at the moment I haven't got a decision to make. No one's spoken to me and nothing's been said." now thats not so good.......although surely after the doc has a word with him....
08/06/2009 17:09:00
even with billions he will be our 1st choice right back/winger/mid for a long time ... no need to go ... lets hope he doesnt decide to jump!
08/06/2009 18:04:00
I reckon it's all hot air - you'll not see Johnno back at Chelsea!
08/06/2009 19:26:00
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