Date: 1st September 2008 at 12:21pm
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Pompey have completed the loan signing on Nadir Belhadj from Lens on loan.

The left back/left midfielder has signed on a season loan, with us having the option to buy should this loan be a success.

The 26-year-old has told the Pompey Site that he is ‘delighted’ to have joined us, and this is what he wanted as soon as he heard of an interest from Harry Redknapp: ‘I’m delighted to be at Pompey because it’s a very good club with great players.

‘I like the English people and I like English football, so this is an excellent opportunity for me.

‘The club have chased me for a while now and when I heard that they wanted me, there was only one place I wanted to come. I wanted to come to Portsmouth.

‘Harry Redknapp is a great manager and with the players we have at the club, I think we can do really well this season.

‘I will do my very best to help us succeed.’

The Algerian international has plenty or pace, and plenty of skill so like Armand Traore is ideally suited to a wing back role in our newly found 3-5-2 formation: ‘I like the system that the side played against Everton at the weekend. It suits me because I have a lot of pace and I like to run a lot.’

He will now report for international duty, which he will hopefully come through ok – along with our other international stars – before returning to Fratton, where he could kick off his Pompey career against Boro in a couple of weeks time.

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