Linganzi reveals Pompey exit

Amine Linganzi's Pompey career is over.

Thursday, 29th June 2017, 5:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 10:57 am
Amine Linganzi. Picture: Joe Pepler

The midfielder has been told by Kenny Jackett there is no fresh Fratton Park deal for him.

As a result, he was not present at the Blues’ pre-season return today as he seeks an alternative club.

It’s disappointment for Linganzi, who was eager to remain with Pompey following their League Two title-winning campaign.

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The 27-year-old revealed during a training ground meeting a fortnight ago, Jackett initially informed him a contract would be offered.

However, a change of heart from the Blues boss has meant the end after 23 appearances and one goal.

Linganzi said: ‘It has finished for me at Portsmouth.

‘I am really disappointed, my family are as well, and I need to seek a new challenge and go forward.

‘I travelled to the training ground a few weeks ago and met the manager and it looked okay – he told me the club were ready to offer a new contract.

‘I went home and relaxed, but a few days after I didn’t see any contract. I called him and he told me it was better for me to find a new club.

‘It wasn’t clear why there wouldn’t be a deal – maybe the plan changed.

‘I did my job as a footballer and as a man, but I am happy for the young players like Ben Close, Adam May and Jack Whatmough that they can have room to play.

‘Everybody thought maybe I was going to stay, but it unfortunately wasn’t the case.

‘When I came to this club I made a lot of sacrifices, this is life, but for me it’s not the end of the world.

‘I will find a new club and do my best – as I did with Portsmouth.’