Date: 6th October 2006 at 12:37pm
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Milan Mandaric has spoken to The News regarding his future, claiming that it`s 50/50 for him to move to Leicester. He has ruled out Bournemouth and Millwall because of his love for Pompey.

Milan Mandaric has told The News: ‘If I go back into British football, Leicester would be on my radar.They are a good club. They have been in the Premier League for six of the past 10 seasons. They have a nice stadium and good support levels. Even last season they averaged more than 20,000.

‘On a scale of one to 10, it’s an eight I will be back in English football. On the same scale, it would be an eight or a nine that I would go to a Championship club. I would say it’s 50/50 Leicester. I’m not ruling it out. But there are a lot of things to unfold.

‘I’m 68 years old and still want to do it. I want to repeat the experience I had at Portsmouth somewhere else.The club I went to would have to be right for me. And I would have to be right for them.

‘It would have to be the perfect fit both ways – that’s exactly what happened at Pompey, where the supporters always trusted me and never suspected me of a different agenda. They knew I was honest. But nothing is there yet. I’m still resting after the emotion of leaving Pompey. I want to be left alone for the moment, and people respect that.”

‘Am I ready for a new challenge yet? No I’m not ready. The earliest I could get involved is before the January transfer window – to have half-a-year in readiness for the following year. If it wasn’t then, it would be at the start of next season.’

He said: ‘If I have any second thoughts, it’s because I wonder if Pompey fans would forgive me. But there’s nothing to forgive. I have done the job for the club’s wonderful supporters. So I should be free to go somewhere else.”

‘I’ve had some fantastic letters from Pompey fans wishing me all the best in whatever I do next.’

‘Bournemouth are a nice club, and the people are nice, but I don’t think it’s quite right for me. I understand there isn’t much love between Pompey and Millwall fans, so I couldn’t go there.’