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Thursday, 20 May 2010 21:11

Portsmouth offer Rocha new deal; Yebda returns to Benfica

Club continue to plan after relegation

Relegated English side Portsmouth have confirmed that Portuguese defender Ricardo Rocha has been offered a new contract to play in the Championship next season.

Pompey finished bottom of the Premier League in the 2009/10 season, after a year disrupted by financial problems and speculation over the club’s future. A nine-point deduction ended their fight for survival before the closing stages of the season, but the south-coast outfit are already making plans for their return to second tier of English football.

Rocha, who arrived at Fratton Park from Belgian side Standard Liege in January, joins David James, Hermann Hreidarsson and Nwankwo Kanu in being offered new deals to stay with the club. The former Benfica stopper made a good impression during the second half of the campaign, as the team managed to reach the final of the FA Cup.

Meanwhile, a statement on the club’s official website confirmed that of the many loan players involved in the team’s fight to avoid relegation, most would return to their parent clubs. Included in the list is Algerian midfielder Hassan Yebda, who will rejoin Portuguese champions Benfica. Defender Anthony Vanden Borre, owned by Italians Genoa, is the only loanee that the club will look to maintain for next season.

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (1)
1 Friday, 21 May 2010 04:49
I see Benfica selling because I don't see Jorge Jesus fitting him into next seasons plans.

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