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Defender Campbell pledges future to Portsmouth

Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Campbell's contract was due to expire at the end of the season but the 32-year-old has signed a deal which will keep him at Fratton Park until the end of the 2008-09 season.

Campbell has made 36 appearances for Pompey since joining from Arsenal last summer and was recently recalled to the England squad before injury ruled him out of Steve McClaren's plans.

Campbell, who recently replaced the departed Dejan Stefanovic as skipper, told the official website: 'I'm delighted to have signed a new contract.

'It's dragged on a bit but everything's been resolved. There's always a bit of speculation around the transfer window but thankfully that's over now and I can just concentrate on playing football.

'The club's moving forward with a talented squad and plans for the new training ground. The club is certainly going in the right direction.'

Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie echoed Campbell's delight at the deal being signed and sealed.

He added: 'I'm delighted that Sol has agreed a new contract.

'It shows his commitment to the club and it also shows the direction that we are continuing to move in.

'Sol has been an exceptional player for us and obviously we want to keep players like him at the club.'