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By ESPN Staff
May 8, 2006

Redknapp ready to open talks over new contract

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is set to open talks with the club's co-owners to discuss a proposed new two-year contract and claims: 'This will be my last job in football.'

The 59-year-old former West Ham and Bournemouth manager rescued Pompey from Premiership relegation with a staggering run of results after his controversial return to the club for a second spell from rivals Southampton in December.

The side were second to bottom in the table at that stage and were still eight points adrift of safety in March following a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

But then Redknapp, who had brought in nine new players during the January transfer window, put together an unbeaten run comprising four wins and two draws. And they finally clinched survival with a 2-1 win at Wigan.

Redknapp said: 'I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I wouldn't go anywhere else. I wouldn't care if I had a great offer to go to one of those so-called bigger clubs. I think this is a big club and I wouldn't move anywhere. This is definitely my last job.'

Redknapp was due to begin talks with Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric and co-owner Alexdandre Gaydamak, the Franco-Russian property tycoon who invested £15million for a half-stake in the club in January.

Gaydamak splashed out again to finance the buying spree that brought in striker Benjani Mwaruwari (£4.4million), Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis and Noe Pamarot (combined £7.5million) and Dean Kiely (£500,000) in January.

Redknapp said: 'I think we need to strengthen the squad and I'm sure I will get the backing from Milan and Alexandre.

'They want to take the club forward big-time and I want to be part of that, too. I certainly don't want to be eight points behind again. If they want me to stay I'll be no problem for them.'

Gaydamak, 30, told the club's official website www.pompeyfc.co.uk : 'The January efforts were merely the first step in out plans over the next few years aimed at securing Pompey's long-term future and making it one of the finest English and European clubs.

'We are committed to spare no effort in paving the way to a bright future for Portsmouth. Our fans deserve nothing less.'

One of Redknapp's next moves will be to try to sign Argentinian midfielder Andres D'Allessandro on a permanent basis from German club Wolfsburg.

A figure of around £4million has been mentioned and the on-loan South American star's agent was at the Portsmouth training ground over the weekend.

Redknapp said: 'We are certainly trying to do something with Andres. Our chief executive Peter Storrie is speaking to his agent and to his club to try to do a deal.

'If he gets into the World Cup (with the Argentina squad), which there is every chance of happening, it could be a big deal.

'He finds it different here to Germany and wants to come. It's a lot more relaxed and not as regimented. It suits him here. He works hard, trains hard, is a good professional, good lad and a real talent.

'His wife has had a baby here and he's settled well. I'm hoping Peter can do a deal with him.'