Date: 14th January 2011 at 4:21pm
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So, there we have it guys Pompey have officially announced the signing of Ritchie de Laet from Manyoo on loan until the summer.

The News and sky sports were right in their thoughts that this was happening.

The Belgium international, he has 2 caps to his name, WILL be eligible to play against Forest tomorrow and I would ‘suspect’ that there is a very, very good chance that the new Pompey no.5 will start.

Well this is that ‘versatile defender’ that Steve Cotterill was talking about then recently and he, as he told The Pompey Site, is more than happy to have him on board: ‘we’re very pleased to have Ritchie on loan for the rest of the season.

‘He’s a very flexible defender who can play across the back four. The defence was an area we needed to strengthen, so I’m delighted.

‘We’re also grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United for letting us have him.’

I guess we should have known there would be a Stoke connection somewhere – they signed him from Antwerp before Fergie took him to Manyoo 2-years ago…

Nevertheless welcome to Pompey Ritchie, I am sure you will do well.

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