Amine Linganzi has revealed Linvoy Primus is helping overcome his family heartache.
The midfielder has left his wife and three-year-old son in France to pursue his ambition of a long-term Pompey deal.
The former triallist continues to be employed on a month-by-month contract at Fratton Park as he strives to impress Paul Cook.
Linganzi’s encouraging progress earned a first league start for the Blues in Saturday’s trip to Leyton Orient.
Replacing Danny Rose, he produced a powerful and hard-working display in the 1-0 victory.
It’s another crucial step achieved for the Congo international, whose Christian faith has seen him befriend Primus.
My wife and son are in France, it is not easy. I have to keep my head up and hope I can get a contract so my family can come overAmine Linganzi
And Linganzi’s end game is a south-coast reunion with his family.
He said: ‘I came here to win the title, I really want to feel that emotion and, thanks to God, I am in the right place.
‘My wife and son are in France, it is not easy. I have to keep my head up and hope I can get a contract so my family can come over.
‘I am trying to get my longest contract, this is why I need to be focused on my football and not what is happening around me.
‘But I am enjoying staying in Portsmouth.
‘I am a Christian boy and there is a big, big Christian community in Portsmouth and that is why I am happy.
‘There is kind of a family here in Portsmouth. Linvoy is a great guy, I really like him, I spend time with him and Mick Mellows.
‘I have been here three months and know a lot of people in Portsmouth, they are looking after me.
‘It’s not easy without my family but that’s football, sometimes in life you have to make sacrifices – and that is what I am doing.’
Linganzi was previously in England with Blackburn, Preston, Accrington and Gillingham.
However, that time on these shores was blighted by a succession of injuries as a promising career stuttered.
The 26-year-old convinced the Blues he was over such issues during a summer trial, earning an initial one-month deal along with Liam O’Brien.
He is currently living in the Port Solent club house with several team-mates as he attempts to prolong his south-coast stay.
And Linganzi is hopeful there can be a future with the Blues.
He added: ‘Making my debut on Saturday was a positive, I cannot complain about anything, I am playing football.
‘The club believe in me and I just need to show on the pitch what I can do.
‘This is such a massive club and I am especially happy to be in Portsmouth, it’s a great city.
‘I don’t live too far from the training ground, the club have been nice with me about accommodation.
‘I’m happy to be here and hope I play more games.’