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Gyepes vows to put family ahead of Pompey stay

Gabor Gyepes has made a big impression since arriving at Fratton Park on a free transfer during the summer, but the defender feels he has to leave in order to provide for his familys long-term future

Gabor Gyepes has made a big impression since arriving at Fratton Park on a free transfer during the summer, but the defender feels he has to leave in order to provide for his familys long-term future

 

Gabor Gyepes has had enough of using Skype on a regular basis.

He wants his young family back with him – and is prepared to quit Pompey to achieve it.

The 31-year-old has made 18 appearances since joining the Blues as a free agent back in September.

Yet during that time his wife and two children – aged three and six months – have remained in their native Budapest.

Restricted to a month-by-month contract due to the club’s on-going administration, Gyepes is loath to uproot his family for a job lacking security.

Instead he shares a club house in Eastleigh with Simon Eastwood, Mustapha Dumbuya and Lubomir Michalik.

The former Cardiff defender’s latest contract is up on January 5 – and he is one of 18 Pompey players whose existing deals expire during next month’s transfer window.

His impressive form since landing at Fratton Park ensures he is one of the most likely to attract offers to leave the club.

Gyepes insists his desire would be to remain on the south coast on a long-term contract, a scenario which would allow his family to move back to England.

Considering Pompey’s ownership has still not been settled, he knows he will be disappointed in under three weeks.

And the Hungarian admits it is time his family came before football.

He said: ‘Sometimes people think we play football and it is the best thing in the world – but there is the other side.

‘We are still human – as they are. We have family – as they have.

‘My family are back in Hungary and I miss them a lot. I have two kids and it is really hard to live without them.

‘That is the reason why I want to sign a permanent deal. I don’t want to do this any more.

‘I want stability and I want to play for a club that is stable. I just want to live a normal life and not without my family.

‘When I moved to (previous club) Cardiff, my wife moved to England and we have always been together for the last four-and-a-half years, having two children.

‘We moved back (to Hungary) after I trained with Portsmouth last season and couldn’t sign because of the administration. Now I live here with my team-mates in a club house. It’s like college.

‘It’s funny but I am the only player in the house with family, I am the oldest and it’s hard. I try not to think about it too much but you cannot avoid it because they are part of my life.

‘I go on Skype but it is not the same.

‘I want to be there with them, be part of them growing up and at the moment it is not possible. I want to change that.

‘It is really hard when my daughter asks me when we can meet.

‘I have to think about my future. They are the most important thing in my life and I want to be with them.

‘There is no reason to stay where I can only sign a month-to-month contract.

‘I want to stay here because I am happy here but there is more to my life.’

Gyepes has already been linked with a move to Brighton next month.

And he is ready to listen to whatever long-term offers come his way.

He added: ‘Last season I played only two games and disappeared from the football map.

‘Now I came back and I believe I am stuck on it again.

‘It’s my agent’s job to find me the best option. We will see what happens.’

 

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