Ben Haim wishes Blues well after making exit

Tal Ben Haim
Tal Ben Haim
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Tal Ben Haim is hopeful Pompey can rise again after finally heading for the Fratton Park exit.

The Israeli defender struck a deal on a compromise agreement on the remainder of his £36,000-per-week contract in the early hours of yesterday morning.

That effectively cleared out the last of the club’s high earners and took Pompey a step closer to securing their future.

While the former Chelsea man recently appeared to be stubbornly opposed to accepting anything less than he was entitled to, it seems he has now simply cut his losses.

And while Ben Haim became the unpopular symbol of Pompey’s disastrous financial position among the fans, he does at least deserve a certain amount of respect for cutting a deal that gives the club a chance of survival.

Ben Haim said: ‘I took some big cuts but I did it for the club’s survival and I hope they do well in the future and can get back to the stage where they belong.

‘It was a tough time for me but I am a tough guy as well so I dealt with that okay.’

Ben Haim originally signed for Pompey when they were in serious financial trouble in 2009 under Paul Hart.

The former Bolton defender was among a clutch of late signings negotiated by former chief executive Peter Storrie in the run-up to the transfer deadline.

And the defender, who has since witnessed two administrations and two relegations, admits he may stay in England.

He said: ‘I know the Premier League and I’ve been here for eight years.

‘I will meet with my agent and after I meet with him, I will know more where I will go next.’