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Portsmouth boss Cotterill tells Mokoena he is going nowhere for the moment

Portsmouth defender Aaron Mokoena reportedly wants out of Fratton Park after losing his regular first team berth half way through last season, but boss Steve Cotterill is unaware this is the case. Mokoena's advisor Dietmar Wendorff has claimed the South Africa international has instructed him to find another club.

"Somebody rang me up and told me Aaron wanted to leave," he told The News.

"Well, I have not heard anything about that - I have certainly not heard anything from him. Then his advisor has come out and denied that he wants to leave.

"I don't actually know what is going on with that.

"One thing for sure, though, is if anybody wants to leave we are not pinning them down to stay here, and I haven't had anybody coming up to me to say they want to leave.

"I'm not sure we would let anyone leave at this moment in time. That is purely down to our lack of numbers.

"But there will be a change around here. There has been a big change around after a year and probably after two years there will be a bigger change around.

"We can't afford to let somebody go - unless they want to pay a decent fee."

The 30 year old has also lost his place in the South Africa squad, and Cotterill has questioned Wendorff's claims that the former Blackburn man has been interesting clubs in Qatar, Russia, Turkey and Dubai.

"They are amazing these agents, I have never even heard of this one," added the Pompey boss.

"I've said it before and I will say it again - a lot of these agents decide to do a bit of talking.

"The prime example was the agent of Hermann (Hreidarsson) earlier last season and then when I asked Hermann, he said he didn't know anything about it.

"I am pretty sure if I bothered to ask that question to Aaron he would probably give the same answer."

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