Pompey sure over Benjani

06 February 2008 07:45
Portsmouth claim they have complete confidence in the fitness of former striker Benjani Mwaruwari following his move to Manchester City. The protracted transfer which had straddled last week's deadline was finally completed on Tuesday after the Zimbabwe striker put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract at Eastlands. The deal had initially fallen through just minutes before last Thursday's transfer deadline with City concerned over a knee problem Benjani had surgery on 18 months ago. But City have now agreed to pay an initial £3.87million and further instalments for a striker which Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie claims will eventually prove a sound purchase. "We, of course, are confident of him playing the required number of games, otherwise we would not have agreed to the deal," he told the club's official website. "City had expressed some concern over a knee operation 18 months ago but, as Benji has never shown any sign of trouble since the operation and rarely misses a match or training, we were happy to come to this arrangement. "Fees from transfers are always spread over a period of time so this is nothing new and we could well be paid the full fee quicker this way than in other circumstances. "The Premier League have thanked us for adopting this sensible solution and Manchester City are also grateful we have come to this agreement. "Above all, Benji is no longer in limbo and everyone at Fratton Park wishes him continued success."

Source: ESA