PROSPECTIVE owner Joseph Cala said he was won over by Pompey’s ‘passionate’ fans.
Mr Cala, who claims to be the frontrunner to take over the club, said he was in the stands for the derby clash with Southampton in December and was impressed with the atmosphere around Fratton Park.
He said: ‘I was looking to take over a club in England, Italy or Germany, but Britain has the best fanbase, they are very passionate.
‘When I looked at Pompey, I looked at the fanbase and what was beautiful for me at the game against Southampton was the passion from the fans. It went through my veins.
‘The stadium was full – it was really impressive and you felt part of it.
‘I do not want to own a club where the stadium is a cemetery.’
He witnessed Pompey’s FA Cup third-round defeat to Chelsea, according to Mr Cala.
He added: ‘I want to run a football club. It has been in my heart since a baby.
‘I only had one toy in my life and it was a football.
‘In an office in the States, I had a big room and used to have 12 TV screens in it, and six of them would be football matches on mute!’