Date:Wednesday November 14 2007
Benjani might still have a year and a half to run on his current deal but Harry Redknapp has told The News that he is going nowhere after his blistering start to the season and Pompey are about to offer him a new contract: 'Benjani is going nowhere. He is a big player for us, an important one.
'Peter Storrie is going to sit down with him and start talking about another contract.
'He has come so far for us and it's great to see him scoring goals'.
Who does not love Benjani?
Okay maybe opposing defences as he runs them ragged, but we do. He is a typical Pompey player - he gives his all every single time he plays and never gives up, adding goals to his repertoire now is a massive added bonus.
To also see a player with such happiness at what he has got and playing with a constant smile makes you like him even more. I have never personally met him but I would think he is one of the most likable people around and someone that appreciates what he has more than most...
Even when he was not scoring goals you were hard pushed to find a Pompey fan who would have a serious bad word to say about him - now that he is scoring those that were - other fans and media pundits - are giving him the credit he deserves and no longer ridiculing him - and they did something chronic.
The fella has earned a new deal, he is the top scorer in the premier league - how good does that sound - that means he deserves a little more, which will probably be more in terms of 'goal bonuses', it also sends out a statement to others that might be looking at him to keep their paws off!
To be honest I could not see Benjani leaving Pompey even if offers do come in for him in January - as have been 'reported' they will - as he is more than happy with us and us with him, not to mention that he has all the qualities we need, also the kind of qualities that we will never outgrow no matter how big we get.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Wednesday November 14 2007
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