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Benjani has been 'linked' with a return to Pompey more times that I have hot dinners since he left, and to be fair quite often the Zimbabwean had done little to 'quash this speculation', usually quite the opposite in actual fact.

Well, not that this will stop further 'rumour' of course, he has now told Zimbabwe's The Standard that leaving Citeh is not on the agenda for him as he wants to 'stay and fight' for his place: 'I am not going anywhere and I am going to put up a fight to ensure that I get my place.
'I still have a contract with Manchester City.

'I have had injuries. And every player goes through this phase. It will soon be over.

'I am not bothered about which club is after me because I am still a Manchester City player.'

I admire your fighting spirit Benji, but lets be honest, who is the guy kidding? Does he REALLY think that he will be able to get in, and stay in regularly, ahead of the likes of Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Tevez, Robinho or even Bellamy?

Nope, I did not think so...

For the sake of his career, and at what 31, he is no 'spring chicken', so why waste his career - although picking up the kind of money that he could do at Citeh 'might' be appealing, although I never had Benji pegged as that type of player.

As it is, as much as I love the guy, I WOULD NOT want him back at Pompey, even if we could sign him, as I really do not see what he would bring to the table that we do not already have?

Whilst we might not have a forward with as much fight as he does, and maybe not all, if any, work as hard as he would, our main thing that is lacking is our inability to find the back of the net - and lets be honest he is not the answer to this problem is he...The injuries are also mounting up for him as well, so would he even stay fit?

I do hope that he does move on in January, despite these 'claims', and I hope it will be to a club that appreciates him and will use him to his strengths...

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 8 2009

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

I have never thought of Benjani as a player happy to sit around collecting a wage but from these comments he seems content with it. Maybe this injury has killed off his hunger for games. It can happen. Real shame to see such a character like him not play for ANYONE!
brucey_main
even when he first joined man city, he never looked like he had the same hunger. If he has lost his way/spirit in the game, he could quite rightly blaim us, as it was us who sold him becuase we wanted a little bit more money, so we could buy a mercinary dwarf
pompeycarpet
Shame to read that ! Really, really liked Benji as a player and a person for his heart and effort. Unfortunately he was never a prolific scorer, and therefore he is not the answer to our problems. I would take his just for his effort but at the moment that would probably be a luxury - Still a great player for us tho !
BarneyArmy
The mans a fool ... he might have shut the door on an opportunity to come back to Pompey and be a hero (again)
Chix
this is what every player should say when they are contracted to a club. but dosent mean they want to stay. also he has a clause when he makes 25,50,75 ap pompey get 1+ million so i dont think he will play another game for city.
pompeyhussler
Don't want him back anyway, so personally don't see what the problem is!
pentonpompey
No offence to Benjani, but i dont think he will be able to get a place with the players Citeh have got!
PompeyFcMad
Personally I'd take Benji's words with a pinch of salt. The truth is, he's never gonna get a look in now at City, and he knows it. As for a return to Pompey? Well it wouldn't be for scoring goals would it. Lifting the spirits of the faithful, yes. I'd love to see him in a blue shirt again, but if I'm honest...that's sentimentality talking, not pragmatism.
cornypomp
Players often say this sort of thing, I'd love to see him back at FP, if the club can get their act together enough.
tracyc
a worker, but thats it, ridiculous that anyone wants him back. the last thing we need around here is another non goal scoring goal scorer
Super Bock 1898
paper talk yet again. but like any player of this day and age your not going to request a transfer and lose that signing on fee. i'd have him back better than anything we've got at the moment he'd started scoring goals when he left but look a the diffence he made to us in the great escape. benjani here comes from zimbabwe he's gonna score today
robertpog
 

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