Kranjcar committed to Pompey
Niko Kranjcar has committed his future to Portsmouth by declaring he will not leave in the summer.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 01/06/09 3:30pm
Niko Kranjcar has committed his future to Portsmouth by declaring that he will not be leaving the club in the summer.
The winger has been continuously linked with a move away from Fratton Park this season with the latest rumours linking him with a switch to Tottenham where he would be reunited with former manager Harry Redknapp.
But despite a disappointing campaign fighting against relegation Pompey now have higher expectations following billionaire Sulaiman Al-Fahim's takeover of the club last week.
With the UAE businessman's riches the once cash strapped club no longer have to sell their prized assets; not that Kranjcar was interested in moving anyway.
"I'm going nowhere," he told Sportske Novosti.
"They are always talking about me going, but why would I want to leave Portsmouth? We have a new owner.
"My ambitions are greater than just Premier League survival, but I have another year on my contract.
"I want to spend that year just enjoying life and playing without injuries before going off to the World Cup."
The 24-year-old had to watch from the sidelines as his team-mates nervously secured their top flight status following an ankle injury he picked up against Bolton in April.
The Croatian international was immediately ruled out for the rest of the season but is eyeing his country's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on June 6th as a possible comeback.
"I started running again three days before the end of the English season," he added.
"I have now recovered from the injury. Of course, I am lacking in training and haven't played since April 18th."