Nugent: I guarantee I will stay

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David Nugent shrugged off fears over his Pompey future and guaranteed: I will stay.

The in-form striker has been linked with a switch away from Fratton Park when the transfer window opens next month.

Now approaching the final six months of his contract, there are fears he may be cashed in against his and Steve Cotterill's wishes.

Nugent, though, has no intention of being forced out.

Encouragingly, the 25-year-old revealed talks took place between his agent and David Lampitt on Wednesday over his contract.

They are due to meet again next week in Leeds.

In the meantime, Nugent is preparing to add to his season tally of six goals when he faces Millwall on Boxing Day.

And he is adamant there will be plenty more Blues matches for him this season.

He said: 'There was interest in August but I can guarantee I will be here until the end of the season, no matter what happens.

'I want to stay here. I won't be going anywhere in January. I can say that right now.

'Hopefully, the contract situation will get resolved with my agent.

'The key is I am enjoying my football. I don't want to move to another club where my place might be under threat.

'The gaffer believes in me and wants me to play here and if that's the case I am happy.

'Nearly every transfer window I have been involved in there has been a club interested but nothing ever comes of it.

'I am happy here, playing football, scoring goals, there's no need to move.

'My agent and David Lampitt finally got in touch with each other on Wednesday and are going to meet up at the Leeds game and have a little chat there.

'At least that will be face-to-face and not over the phone, so it's proper.

'I have spoken to the gaffer and he wants me to stay so it's nice to know someone wants me to stay and play for the football club.

'I am happy. I'm enjoying my football here, scoring goals and playing well. So far, so good.'

Nugent almost joined Blackpool in the previous transfer window.

Yet Andrew Andronikou failed to reach him in time to force the deal through – at one point mistakenly contacting The News believing the number was that of the former Preston striker.

Instead, Nugent remained at Fratton Park and is currently enjoying a run of five goals from his last 11 appearances.

It remains to be seen whether those currently running the club will attempt to once again move him on.

For the 25-year-old, though, it was a relief he didn't make the Blackpool switch.

He added: 'I heard a rumour somebody was trying to ring me and got on to somebody else.

'It's crazy, I don't know what all that was about.

'It's not up to me to answer my phone.

'If anyone wants to get in touch they get in touch with my agent, that's the way it goes.

'I don't like talking to managers and saying "okay, I'll come" and then all of a sudden it doesn't happen.

'I don't like giving managers anything under false pretence and say "I want to come" and don't.

'They should just talk to my agent.'