Michael Appleton is confident Kelvin Etuhu sees his future at Pompey.
The Blues boss wants the wideman to be part of his squad next season as he prepares to instigate a mass clear-out.
But Etuhu has been linked with a switch to League Two Bradford.
City manager Phil Parkinson has publicly admitted his interest in the ex-Manchester City player, who ended the season on month-by-month terms at Fratton Park.
With Pompey’s ownership situation in limbo, Appleton is unable to tie Etuhu to the club at present.
He insists, though, the 23-year-old has told him he is eager to remain on the south coast.
Appleton said: ‘I will be very surprised if Kelvin wants to leave Portsmouth and join Bradford.
‘He wants to stay and has told me he is looking forward to the new season.
‘In fact, the other day he sent me a text saying how he is going to dominate the midfield for me.
‘At the end of the day, I said that one or two of the squad could be around next season and he is definitely one of them.
‘He needs a full pre-season under his belt, and if and when we get an owner, he will stay here hopefully.
‘He most definitely wants to stay and, with the greatest of respect, I would be very surprised if he wants to go to Bradford.’
Etuhu joined Pompey in January after two-and-a-half months training with the club.
He went on to make 13 appearances, scoring one goal.
However, a hamstring injury did keep him out of contention for a spell.
Now Parkinson is pursuing the one-time Premier League performer, who is currently a free agent.
The Bradford boss added: ‘I had a call from someone I know down in Portsmouth who told me he (Etuhu) may possibly be available.
‘He’s one of several players we’re speaking to, along with their agents.
‘But there’s nothing imminent and it’s going to take a while for things to sort themselves out throughout the summer.’