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Petrov Nearly Joined Portsmouth

Stiliyan Petrov has admitted 'I was very close to joining Portsmouth. They came in with a few bids to be honest - if Celtic had accepted their first, second or third bid, I could've been their player now.'

Luckily for him (?!) Celtic refused the bids and when O'Neill came in for him there was no other place he wanted to go.

'I'm a Villa player now so it doesn't matter. I made the right decision coming here and like every player at this club, we'll fight to get to a good place in the table. That's what we're going to do. We won't put our heads down just because we've had one or two bad performances. We'll fight and try to play well again. The main thing now is how we're going to get out of this situation that we found ourselves in after Wednesday night. We know we're not going to lose out on a European place just because of one bad performance.'

'We're playing in the best league in the world and we expect teams to get at us. Everyone likes playing in it because no one knows how the results will go. We have to bounce back by having a good result at Portsmouth tomorrow and we'll go there and fight to get the right result. It's good to have another game so soon - I think that's what everyone wants because we all want the match so we can put things right and give everything.'




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 1 2006

Time: 3:30PM

Your Comments

I hope he starts scoring soon so he can shut the critics up
Christo
I hope that I'll win a few million...
ForeverHoop
The script is written for him to break his duck against the team he nearly signed for surely?
DeanoVilla
Lets all breath a collective sigh of relief. Signing for Pompey? Thats the sort of stuff bad dreams are made of. We'll take good care of you Stan.
glensider
And he surely would of had O'blarney remained in charge.
mackaavfc
Hopefully, his first goal is just around the corner!
Tierney
Just popped onto the Pompey and Man U sites - they get vertully no responses at all. Petrov to score tomorrow.
mackaavfc
Give Pompey a break... the 5 members of Vital Pompey do their best.
Hoss The Villain
Seems like Stan had a lucky escape! Just needs a goal and we'll see the best of him
Geordie_Villa
Hoss - LOL. Would have expected more from the prawn sandwich munchers though.
mackaavfc
'Arry would be a decent boss to play for I would imagine, but realistically if its success Petrov is after, to go with his north of the border haul, surely VP is the place to be over Fratton Park over the next three/four seasons?
glensider
 

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