Utaka: Pompey exit was right move for all

John Utaka in action against Burnley
John Utaka in action against Burnley
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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John Utaka feels his exit from Pompey was the best move for all concerned.

The Blues striker insisted his exit from Fratton Park was a surprise after agreeing a deal for £430,000 with French outfit Montpellier.

Pompey revealed earlier this week, however, that the Nigerian wanted out of Fratton Park.

Utaka had a largely difficult time with the Blues after arriving for £7m from Rennes in 2007.

He admitted it was an up-and-down affair for him at Pompey and he is looking forward to his return to France.

Utaka said: ‘After a long chat with everyone at Portsmouth, we all agreed that a move to Montpellier was the best decision for myself and the club.

‘The Montpellier offer was unexpected but one I was excited to consider and am happy to say it has now been finalised.

‘For me, it represents a new challenge, while for Portsmouth it gives them an opportunity to bring in some new players and puts them in a stronger financial position.

‘My time at the club had many ups and downs but we (the team and the fans) got through it together.

‘I wish Pompey all the success the team deserves.

‘I feel I’m leaving a little family where I made some real good friends, too.’