Distin chose Pompey over cash
Sylvain Distin has spoken of the how he turned down more money in Greece to play for Portsmouth.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 05/04/08 12:32pm
Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin has spoken of the how he turned down more money in Greece to play for Pompey.
The French defender was a free agent when he left Manchester City in 2007 and a number of clubs came in for him.
He could have received more money by moving to Olympiakos, but chose Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth - for whom he lines up against West Brom in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
He told L'Equipe magazine: "I was a free agent after Manchester City so I could negotiate very good wages with the club which wanted me.
"There were four clubs following me. City wanted to keep me, and there were Newcastle, Portsmouth and Olympiakos.
"If I had chosen money, I would be in Greece!"
Distin spent a season on loan at Newcastle in 2001/2 from Paris St Germain before joining Man City.
Speaking of that time, he added: "The only regret I have in my career is to have left France too early.
"However, when you play at Newcastle with its potential, its fans and its stadium, or at City which is a sleeping giant, you can't understand it with a French point of view."