Benson denied Pompey stay

Paul Benson will not be staying at Pompey beyond next week

Paul Benson will not be staying at Pompey beyond next week

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Paolo Di Canio has told Paul Benson: Forget staying at Pompey.

The striker’s current loan spell ends next week but the Swindon boss will not allow him to extend his stay.

Benson turned down a move to Bradford City recently and Di Canio is clearly looking to sell the striker.

Di Canio said: ‘We won’t give him a chance to stay at Portsmouth.

‘He fits in there because he gets to play regular football in front of thousands of people, but I can’t make him happy and not get anything.

‘With respect to Portsmouth, we can’t give a gift away. We received a very good offer, in my opinion, but he said no.

‘He hoped that we would help him to remain there. He received another offer. One was far away and one was close. He is really lucky to have two big options.’

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