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By ESPN Staff

New deal keeps Mendes at Pompey until 2010

Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes has extended his contract at Fratton Park until 2010.

The former Tottenham player joined Portsmouth in January and scored three crucial goals which helped Harry Redknapp's side maintain their Barclays Premiership status.

He has been rewarded with a four-year contract and the 27-year-old is delighted to have followed the likes of Lomana LuaLua, Gary O'Neil and Matt Taylor by committing himself to the Fratton Park side.

With the backing of new owner Alexandre Gaydamak, Redknapp is expected to strengthen his squad in August and Mendes is delighted to be involved at Portsmouth.

'It is exciting for me to cement my future here at Portsmouth,' he told the club's website.

'Last year was a special season for me and I am glad that, as a newcomer to Pompey, I managed to hit the ground running. However, this is only the beginning.

'Anyone who is at Pompey these days knows that great things are happening and that this is the place to be.

'It is a delight, a challenge and a responsibility to be part of the building block of this new era at the club and I am looking forward to the new season.'