Dumbuya: There will be no Blues exodus

Mustapha Dumbuya
Mustapha Dumbuya
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Mustapha Dumbuya celebrated his dream move to Pompey and promised: We are all happy here.

Dumbuya has insisted all the Blues playing staff are perfectly content to remain at Fratton Park as their month-long deals draw to a close.

The players who inked agreements on the eve of the season will see them end tomorrow and Saturday.

Dumbuya fully expects all of the men who are part of Michael Appleton’s squad to be perfectly content to extend those contracts.

Any player who decided not to renew their deal would be stuck in limbo until January, with league rules dictating they are unable to sign for anyone else.

But Dumbuya doesn’t see that happening, with a feel-good factor among Appleton’s squad at plying their trade at Pompey.

The 25-year-old insisted the opportunity to do that is a dream one in his eyes.

Dumbuya said: ‘My future lies here.

‘I’m enjoying my football and playing games.

‘Playing for Portsmouth is a dream for me. Playing at Fratton Park, it’s incredible.

‘Performing in front of this crowd and them chanting my name is just amazing. The crowd is the best I’ve ever played in front of.

‘I’m here and at Portsmouth. I don’t see myself going anywhere else.

‘When the manager works on my game I feel he’s improving me. He’s top notch.

‘I feel I can achieve what I need to achieve here at Portsmouth.

‘I’m really enjoying it. There is everything going on but, to me, it seems like there is nothing going on.

‘No-one really talks about what is happening behind the scenes because, at the end of the day, it’s not in our hands.

‘We haven’t got the power to change these things so we just carry on and train as hard as we can.

‘Then, on whatever day it is, we go out there and do our best.

‘We enjoy the training and are trying to play well.

‘Everyone I’ve spoken to is happy here and wants to stay.

‘That’s what I’m being told by the people I speak to.

‘We can get things sorted out here, hopefully, and look to a long-term future.’

Dumbuya returns to the Pompey fray for this weekend’s meeting with Walsall after international duty Sierra Leone.

The former Doncaster man has operated at right-back for the majority of his career, but has been utilised further forward down the right flank in recent games.

Appleton will have to weigh up where is best to utilise Dumbuya against the Saddlers.

The player feels he is most at home in a more defensive position, but promised he is happy to play wherever Appleton wants him to.

Dumbuya said: ‘I’ve been playing right-wing in some games.

‘I haven’t played there in a while. It’s going to take a while for me to adjust to that again.

‘But I want to be on the pitch and will give it my all, wherever I play.

‘I see right-back as my position. I can see the space in front of me I can attack.

‘But I don’t mind where the manager puts me. If he wants to put me in goal I’ll play there.’