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Nov, 6, 2008

James fears player exodus from Pompey

England goalkeeper David James fears players will leave Portsmouth in January to balance the books. Pompey manager Tony Adams recently admitted he would not stand in the way of members of his squad wanting to leave, although James feels his team-mates would not be pushing for transfers elsewhere.

Harry Redknapp admitted "financially things are a bit tight" at the club before he left for Tottenham last month, and that could mean there are more departures.

"I'd imagine that if any players left, it would be down to financial reasons and nothing else," said James.

"You could argue that if some do leave, it would have happened with Harry had he been here any way.

"Of course, I'm hoping everything will stay exactly as it is. We've got some excellent players and I don't know of any who want to leave just because Harry has gone."

James insists he wants to stay at Pompey, where he has revived his career under Redknapp and forced his way back as first-choice for England.

"Although Harry has left nothing has changed as far as I'm concerned regarding my future at the club," he told The News.

"I'm very confident for the future with the players we've got here.

"If we'd lost half of the players when Harry left, then things might be slightly different. But we haven't lost any players and I'm confident we'll continue to do well."

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