Opinion: Defender could stay at Portsmouth despite contract expiring this summer


Christian Burgess is out of contract this summer and could leave Portsmouth on a free transfer if he doesn’t put pen to paper on an extension, but the 28-year-old could be staying at Fratton Park as he’s an important player for Kenny Jackett and has a new deal on the table.

Burgess has made 208 appearances in all competitions since joining Portsmouth from Peterborough in 2015, scoring 12 goals and making eight assists. He’s been a regular this season too, making 43 appearances across the board before the campaign was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so it would be a surprise if Portsmouth let him leave.

The centre-back was offered a contract extension earlier this year but has yet to agree terms with Pompey, so his future will remain in the air until he does. Burgess has missed only three league games in 2019/20, played his part in 13 clean sheets up until March and has impressed over the course of the campaign, so allowing him to leave for free would be catastrophic.

Portsmouth may delay confirming new deals for their soon-to-be out-of-contract players until they’ve got a better grasp on how the Covid-19 pandemic will affect them financially, but Burgess should be one of the first players tied down when things return to normality.

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