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Defoe not on outer at Portsmouth - Adams

Portsmouth boss Tony Adams is adamant that striker Jermain Defoe is not being courted by rival clubs and is a required player at the club.

After being left on the bench in Pompey's last two matches against Liverpool and Arsenal, there is speculation that Defoe could be on the move but Adams was quick to play those rumours down.

"Jermain was really annoyed with me for leaving him out and he is still angry with me now - and I wouldn't want it any other way to be honest," Adasm said.

"It was tactical. He might have got a point. He could easily turn round to me and say 'Look, you got it wrong boss because you lost.' But it's not easy being a manager and you have to make difficult decisions.

"He's a fantastic player, scores great goals but at the moment we are struggling with balance. Away at Liverpool and away at Arsenal I chose to keep him on the bench. Those are my reasons and speculate all you want but I have had no offers for Jermain Defoe, not one."

Andrew Slevison
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