On this day: Pompey insist Sol's not heading to Villarreal

On this day in 2007, POMPEY insisted Sol Campbell was happy with life at the club.

Thursday, 26th July 2018, 11:48 am
Updated Thursday, 26th July 2018, 11:54 am
Former Pompey captain Sol Campbell

It came amid speculation the 32-year-old centre-back was disenchanted with the progress being made at Fratton Park, with Villarreal ready to lure him to La Liga

Campbell was reportedly keen on a move abroad and he said: '˜I don't think Portsmouth will be my last club.'

The influential former England player also warned more additions to the squad were needed, on top of the planned new stadium.

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Former Pompey captain Sol Campbell

But Pompey officials are adamant the influential England player is content on the south coast.

Campbell said: '˜They (the club's owners) have dipped into their pocket and bought a few players.

'˜I still feel we need a couple more in certain positions to really challenge and move in the right direction.

'˜It might not be for us now but, for the future of the club, getting a new training ground and stadium is a big thing.

'˜That has to go through for us to get into the 21st century, really.

'˜We have to move on and look to be the part.

'˜I know they have planning permission and they have to do it for the stability of the club.

'˜We have to start somewhere. I know it will take time and that these things have to go through a process, but these issues have to be addressed.

'˜Those things mean a lot to me and any top player coming into the club.'

At the time, Villarreal were able to offer the defender a route into the UEFA Cup and reports suggested he may be tempted by the prospect of joining former Gunners team-mates Robert Pires and Pascal Cygan.

Campbell, though, believed, Redknapp's summer signings meant the Blues could make Europe.

He said: '˜That's the reason they were bought.

'˜We've put ourselves under a bit of pressure because we had a good season last year and we've spent a lot of money.

'˜But that wasn't just to consolidate our position, it was to improve, and hopefully we'll be able to make those European positions.'