Portsmouth midfielders set to fly the nest

There’s no room for sentimentality in football (the selection of Scholes and Giggs might cost Manchester United silverware this season), with reports coming from the South Coast of England that Pedro Mendes and Sean Davis are likely to leave the good ship Portsmouth at the end of the season. The pair have previously helped keep Pompey in the Premier League but Harry Redknapp’s recent strengthening of the squad has left them with an almighty fight on their hands according to The News.

Redknapp said: ‘With Sean, we are looking at the end of the year to see what he wants to do with his contract. As for Pedro, I like him, I have no problems with him.

‘But it’s like everything in football, you bring people in to strengthen your team and your squad. I want to keep improving the team and that’s what I have done. It’s nothing personal.

‘We have got no-one I want to get rid of. There are no players I wish we didn’t have here. They are all good players.

‘It’s rare, really. They are a great bunch of lads, all good players. It is a pleasure to manage them.

‘You don’t want to get rid of them but it depends if they get better offers and how good the clubs are who want to take them.”

It’s likely that the pair will find another Premier League club, albeit one which is likelier to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League. Gary O’Neil left Fratton Park last summer to join Middlesbrough and it could be the same scenario for Mendes and O’Neil.

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