Andres eyes Pompey stay
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andres D'Alessandro has declared he is keen to stay with Portsmouth next season.
Argentine schemer Andres D'Alessandro has declared he is keen to stay with Portsmouth next season after playing a key role in their survival campaign.
The diminutive midfielder joined the South Coast outfit on loan from Wolfsburg in January, and his creative spark helped Pompey embark on a stunning run of form that saw them pull clear of the bottom three.
Now, with the season drawing to a close, D'Alessandro has been mulling over his future - with Bundesliga outfits Stuttgart and Borussia Monchengladbach reportedly ready to bring him back to Germany.
However the former River Plate star has revealed he has enjoyed his time at Fratton Park and is keen to continue working under Harry Redknapp next season.
"I've been playing in Europe for three and a half years, and my time at Pompey has been the best," said D'Alessandro.
"I'm really happy. I want to stay. I like the club both on and off the pitch.
"I get on really well with the players. I don't know what's going to happen.
"There are other clubs interested but my choice is to stay here.
"Harry Redknapp wants me and I want to play for him. He was the main reason I came here.
"I would like Portsmouth to be a side not fighting near the bottom of The Premier League but in the top half of the table, aiming for a place in Europe."
Redknapp is similarly keen to continue the arrangement, although Pompey would almost certainly have to break their transfer record to land the 25-year-old.
The gifted midfielder has certainly made a large impression on the South Coast and Redknapp makes no secret of his desire to sign him up in the summer on a long term basis.
"Andres has run his little legs off for us," said Redknapp.
"He says he has never done so much running until he came here but he's happy to do it and I'm happy we could sign him on loan. It would be great to get him long-term."