Karadas stays at Pompey
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Azar Karadas is still at Portsmouth as Benfica tie up the signing of Fabrizio Miccoli.
Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has refuted reports in Portugal that Azar Karadas has returned to Benfica.
The Norway international joined Pompey on a season-long loan last month but has made an inglorious start to life in The Premiership.
Karadas started the opening three games of the season but was substituted in each and also failed to score.
The imposing forward was also barracked by the Pompey faithful and reports in Portugal claimed Karadas had been allowed to rejoin Benfica.
The club's coach Ronald Koeman felt his team was lacking a physical presence in attack and asked if he could have Karadas back.
But Storrie has told skysports.com that the rumours are untrue and that Karadas is still part of Alain Perrin's plans at Fratton Park.
Meanwhile, Benfica have completed the signing of Juventus striker Fabrizio Miccoli.
The Italy international has joined the former European Cup winners on a season-long loan in the hope of securing regular football.