Date:Friday July 9 2010
There is nothing 'official' our end, on The Pompey Site, but Al Sadd are saying that Nadir Belhadj has joined them.
Al Sadd general secretary Jassim Al Rumaihi has said: 'the move of Belhadj to Al Sadd is really big as he will be a big addition to the team.
'We were planning to sign him a long time ago and we managed to conclude the deal with Portsmouth.
'Belhadj had a lot offers from European clubs but his desire to play with us helped us to make the deal.
'He will join us in our training camp in Italy and Austria before being presented to the media when we return to Doha.'
No doubt the 'desire' to play for Al Sadd was also helped by the Qatari Riyal on offer...
Thanks for the good times Billy, you gave us some 'bizarre' times but also some fantastic memories - all in all the good will certainly outweigh the bad for me when I look back on your Pompey days.
Whilst, as I sarcastically mentioned, I have little doubt that the money on offer to him helped make up his mind as long as it meant we DID get the best deal as a club too then I am happy with that. Talk of us getting a fee of around £3.5m is better than other 'reports' of what we would have got from other clubs, apparently.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Friday July 9 2010
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