Starlet wants Pompey exit
Steve Cotterill has confirmed Nadir Ciftci is set to depart Portsmouth at the end of the season.
Last Updated: 26/01/11 2:25pm
Manager Steve Cotterill has confirmed teenage striker Nadir Ciftci is set to depart Portsmouth at the end of the season.
After joining Pompey's academy from Dutch club ADO Den Haag in 2007, 18-year-old Ciftci has broken into the first team under Cotterill at Fratton Park this term.
Portsmouth were keen to keep hold of the Holland-born Turkish hit-man, and Cotterill says a new deal has been on the table for several months.
But the manager has revealed Ciftci has no intention of putting pen to paper on a fresh contract, and believes the youngster already has a club lined up to join in the summer.
"I don't think Nadir will be staying here from a conversation we had yesterday morning," Cotterill told the Portsmouth News of Ciftci, who has been watched by Turkey boss Guus Hiddink in recent months.
"It's just amazing when you become a bit of an international and something happens.
"There might be a few people in his earhole, which is why perhaps he hasn't signed his contract. But it all comes out in the end in the wash.
"The contract has been there for four-and-a-half or five months. From what I have been led to believe he has something lined up. I don't know where he's going.
"There have been lots of excuses (as to why it's not signed) and I think, potentially, the boy has been ill-advised. But still, that's what happens these days."
Cotterill admits the teenager's playing time could suffer as a result of his decision to leave.
"He didn't tell me - you find out these things in the end. That's okay, I just know I haven't got to now give all the time I was giving him," he added.
"I gave him his break but that doesn't seem to matter much these days. Maybe I don't have to pick him now. It's something you have to look at."
Should Ciftci leave in the summer as expected, Pompey will not receive a transfer fee, but instead get 'training compensation' for the youngster, which would strike another blow for the financially-troubled club.
Cotterill added: "I don't think he'll go in this transfer window.
"I think probably what will happen is it could all have been arranged. He will go at the end of the season and there's a training compensation.
"That means they can then end up giving us less money than they would do buying him."