Defender reveals why he turned down clubs for Portsmouth stay

Rasmus Nicolaisen has outlined why he stayed at Pompey.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 6:00 am

The Danish defender has detailed the reasons for opting against moving on from Fratton Park in January, as he set his sights on playing a significant role in the Blues’ promotion bid.

Nicloaisen could have departed in the window, with parent club FC Midtjylland having a recall option in his loan stay.

Despite there being options to move elsewhere and the 23-year-old being limited in his playing time, he was happy to stay put.

Nicolaisen came in for his 14th appearances of the season in Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Now the left-sided centre-half is aiming to pick up some meaningful minutes after deciding to stay put at Pompey.

He said: ‘I think this is an exciting club to be at and I had some great talks.

‘I’ve just liked it so far and I just want to do everything I can to help the team.

Kenny Jackett believes Rasmus Nicolaisen has improved since his below-par outing against Plymouth in November. Picture: Nigel Keene/ProSportsImages

‘I’ve been away for my daughter’s birth, but I’m really happy to be back and now help the team as much as I can.

‘I will be giving all I can to get promotion for this team. We will go for it.

‘It’s up to the gaffer now, but I will do whatever I can now to help the team.

‘We need to get on a good run, stand together and bounce back.’

Nicolaisen, along with the rest of the Pompey squad, was left surprised by the news Kenny Jackett is stepping back from front-line managerial duties for a period to undergo a medical procedure.

The former Denmark under-21 man isn’t accepting that as a reason for a drop in form after Tuesday’s loss, however.

He said: ‘We can’t use it as an excuse. The gaffer has told us and everybody about it.

‘He’s made it clear about the situation and that’s how it is. We can’t change anything.

‘We can’t struggle for that reason. We just need to do better.’

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