Date: 31st January 2008 at 11:00am
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Pompey have moved to dismiss talk that is ‘claiming’ Sacha Gaydamak is looking to sell up by releasing the following statement on the Pompey Site, which reads:

‘Portsmouth Football Club today denied newspaper speculation that the club is up for sale.
Alexandre Gaydamak and the board remain totally committed to the future of the club.

They remain excited by the club’s plans for a new 36,000 state-of-the-art stadium at Horsea Island, which has met with a positive response from Portsmouth City Council and the Royal Navy.

Pompey supporters have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the plan and the architects are actively putting together a planning application for the summer of 2008.

The club has moved from the threat of almost certain relegation to become a permanent fixture in the top 10 in the Premier League over a period of just two years – and now also has Academy status.

During this time there has been substantial investment by the club in its facilities, infrastructure and top players such as the recent acquisition of French international Lassana Diarra.

This continued investment will inevitably lead to interest in the acquisition of the club, which is flattering.

However, neither Mr Gaydamak, or any members of the board, have met with a potential buyer or have any plans to do so’.

Pompey’s director of communications Gary Double had also previous told The News that there was no truth in the reports coming out: ‘there is absolutely no truth in this whatsoever.

‘The owner remains committed to this club and that is why he is continuing to invest in the squad in this transfer window’.

So there we have it, that settles things… if only we could have acted so quick to quash the talk when Harry Redknapp was linked with Newcastle eh!

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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