Westerveld to fight for place
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sander Westerveld has insisted that he wants to stay at Portsmouth.Sander Westerveld has insisted that he wants to stay at Portsmouth and fight for his place.
The goalkeeper, who reportedly questioned the logic behind some of Pompey's recent transfer dealings, such as the sales of Arjan de Zeeuw and Yakubu Ayiegbeni, has assured fans that he has never been critical of the club.
Westerveld has also been linked with a move back to his native Holland, but is adamant that he is happy at Fratton Park at what he views as an exciting time for everyone at Portsmouth.
"I want to stay here and fight for my place," he revealed.
"This is an exciting club to be at where the team spirit amongst the lads is fantastic and I hope to be part of the club's future under Milan Mandaric and Alexandre Gaydamak.
"We need to be a strong unit to get results on the pitch and these false reports will not distract me from giving everything I can to keep Pompey in The Premiership."
The 31-year-old is upset that supporters might turn against him after the latest stories about him, but Westerveld has pleaded with them not to believe that he was disrespectful to the club.
"I want to tell you (the fans) that I am very happy at Pompey and am enjoying the current spell of being first choice keeper," he told Portsmouth's official website.
"I am angry that such reports could affect my relationship with the chairman, co-owner, fans, my team-mates, manager and everyone else at the club."