Date: 11th June 2007 at 5:36pm
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Harry Redknapp has told The News that Pompey will not buckle under the ‘pressure’ Kanu is said to be putting them under in order to get a 2-year contract, as opposed to the 1-year, with the option of a second that is currently on offer.

‘I don’t know if Kanu will re-sign for us.

‘We’ve offered him a year, with another year on top of that if he plays a certain amount of games.

‘That seems like a fair deal to me. It’s no different to anybody else. That’s how it should be.

‘If you don’t play the games, then you don’t get another deal. If you do, you get another deal.

‘When players get into their 30s, they can deteriorate a lot over a two-year period. You’ve got to be careful.’

All manor of opinions have been shared on this issue and to be quite honest I am getting sick and tired of it – it is quite simple he signs the contract on the table or he goes!

We have told him we will not budge, he has told us he will not budge there seems only one outcome – Kanu will be leaving Pompey at the end of the month.

Bigger and better clubs than Pompey have these age policies – and they seem to work for them, what is more they do not buckle at all. I seem to recall Robert Pires wanting a longer deal than he was being offered at Arsenal, they did not back down he did not either and he went. We have to do the same as if you give into one, you have to give into them all and the club loses the power they should have over players.

If either party back down now they will look stupid, but as well as Kanu played – on the whole – last season and could play again in the next one I would rather he went than we backed down to his demands – as we will look an absolute joke if we now back track and give into him – what he is being offered is fair, take it or leave it Kanu my friend.

PLAY UP POMPEY!