James waives right to Pompey deal

The England international, linked with a move away from the ailing

club in January, is back in the starting line-up following Asmir

Begovic’s deadline-day move to Stoke. Veteran James is entitled to

an extension on his current deal if he plays 25 games this season,

a situation which could have seen him left on the bench due to the

Fratton Park outfit’s perilous financial position. But the

39-year-old, who insists he was always happy to stay and help Avram

Grant’s side fight against the drop, wants to aid Pompey’s plight

and press his claims for South Africa in the summer. England coach

Fabio Capello prefers to select his squad from players who are in

action regularly and the competition is fierce to be the Three

Lions’ last line of defence with James, Rob Green, Joe Hart, Paul

Robinson, Ben Foster and Chris Kirkland all in contention.

“Hopefully my representative is about to have a chat with the club

about contract issues because I don’t want that to be a deciding

factor, given how the club have been financially over the past few

months,” James told the Portsmouth News. “I have spoken to the

manager and I told him that at no point did I want to go. My family

is sorted out down here so I want to stay. “I want to stay here

until the end of the season, do well, stay up, go to the World Cup

and worry about next season afterwards. “My only concerns were that

there might be a power above us that might have dictated things.

“It was definitely an issue and given that we would have been

outside the transfer window, then sitting on the bench or not even

sitting on the bench would not have done me any good in trying to

help Portsmouth stay up or trying to get in the England squad for

the World Cup. “The Premier League rulings allow us to do contract

renegotiations outside of the transfer window and we will get it

sorted out because I don’t want the club worrying about it and I

don’t want to be worrying about it myself. “Without being funny,

I’m not the richest man in the world but if there is a financial

burden that the club can’t suffer, then why should I be taking the

mickey?”