Pompey expect Futacs exit

Marko Futacs
Marko Futacs
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Marko Futacs has failed to meet Pompey’s deadline to accept a new contract.

Now Michael Appleton will let the 22-year-old leave as he continues in his attempts to rip up and rebuild his Blues squad.

Futacs had until midnight on Monday to accept the club’s offer of a new one-year deal, a contract tabled exactly four weeks earlier.

Instead, Futacs and his representative, Vladen Filipovic, have still to respond to administrator Trevor Birch.

In addition, Birch has revealed the 12-month option on the Hungarian’s initial Fratton Park deal was never activated as it was for ‘daft money’.

This was despite Appleton believing an agreement had been struck back in January.

It means effectively Futacs is now out of contract, although Pompey are entitled to compensation as he is under 24 and made him an offer.

And Pompey’s boss will look elsewhere to fill his striking department as he prepares for the new season.

Appleton said: ‘Marko had until midnight on Monday – but we didn’t hear anything.

‘I only want players who want to be at the football club so I am not one to lose sleep over it.

‘It is what it is and we all move on.

‘There will certainly be plenty of players out there desperate to play for this club and good enough to play.

‘Don’t get me wrong, I would like Marko to stay on and have a go at League One.

‘He has good attributes and would have helped us along the way, but it was up to him.

‘For me there has never been any danger of me chasing him to stay here.

‘The ball has always been in his court and it seems he has made his mind up.

‘Marko has still been made a very, very good offer for this division.

‘I am pretty sure it is more than the average person in League One next year.

‘At the end of the day I am not criticising him. We would have liked him to stick around and help us move on forwards towards a successful season.

‘It wasn’t to be, though.’

Also appearing to be on his way is Aaron Mokoena, who is being pursued by Bidvest Wits.

Birch is currently in talks with the 31-year-old and his lawyer over a compromise agreement.

That will enable the remaining 12 months of Mokoena’s contract to be cancelled to allow him to join Bidvest Wits for no transfer fee.

Birch added: ‘Marko has not replied so technically if he wants he can leave.

‘However, compensation must be paid to us as he is under 24.

‘The option on his contract was effectively too high, it was on daft money so wasn’t signed.

‘As for Aaron, I am speaking to his agent to try to strike a compromise.

‘I have put a deal to him which takes into account money owed and future earnings.

‘Although it’s a great start he has a new club already lined up.’