James sounds commitment
David James claims leaving Portsmouth in the summer was 'never an issue'.
Last Updated: 07/11/09 2:15pm
David James claims leaving Portsmouth in the summer was 'never an issue' and he has no plans to retire any time soon.
The goalkeeper was linked with Tottenham before the transfer window closed at the beginning of September as Harry Redknapp was thought to be keen on a reunion.
But despite a number of departures from a then cash-strapped Pompey, a move did not materialise and James stayed at Fratton Park.
The England international insists that he always remained committed to his club, who are struggling in the Premier League, in the face of a summer of uncertainty.
James said in the Daily Express ahead of Saturday's trip to Blackburn: "For me, leaving was never an issue. No-one had asked me, no-one put an offer in to buy me
"There was some frustration on my side because at the time a lot of players were going and there was a question mark over the stability of the club.
"You look at it and think everyone else is leaving, and although I am happy to stay why am I not involved in that?
"But I only took two seconds for me to look around the Premier League and realise people aren't going to ask for a goalkeeper if they don't need one."
James is expected to be a member of Fabio Capello's England squad for the 2010 World Cup and some have suggested the shot-stopper may retire after the tournament.
But the 39-year is planning beyond a probable trip to South Africa, adding: "Three factors will determine when I finish.
"One is if I am still fit enough to play, the second is desire, and the third is if someone still wants me to play for them.
"I don't want to retire just yet. One of the lads here asked me if I will retire after the World Cup. I said, 'Why?'
"There will come a time when any one of those three factors will determine my future."