Portsmouth won’t sell any more players

Lassana Diarra has joined Real Madrid and Jermain Defoe has joined Tottenham so far in the transfer window.

Sylvain Distin, Glen Johnson, Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar have also been linked with moves away from the club.

“Let me make it abundantly clear: there will be no more players sold,” he told The News.

“We do not need to sell any more players. Jermain wanted to go, so he went, and I can assure you he will be the only one.

“As far as anyone else wanting to leave, there have been no others speaking to me about it whatsoever.

“Everyone else is perfectly happy at this football club.

“At the end of the day, you want to keep a player like Jermain Defoe but clearly his head had been turned.

“When you get in that situation, sometimes you can persuade players to stay – other times it’s quite clear they have no intention of changing their mind.

“Really, with Jermain that was that – his mind was made up and he wanted to go.

“Of course it was disappointing, but there was nothing we could do about it. He had made his position quite clear.

“In the end, we got a good deal for him. Effectively, we got him on loan for a year and have made £6 million profit in the process.

“But that’s it. None of the others will be leaving.

“We are now concentrating on bringing others in and strengthening the squad.”