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Portsmouth's Taylor shrugs off transfer talk

Portsmouth fullback Matt Taylor has shrugged off speculation of a move away from Fratton Park.

Taylor came off the bench for only his seventh Premier League appearance of the season as Pompey drew 0-0 at home to Manchester City last Sunday.

The 25-year-old attacking left-back was deployed on the right flank by Harry Redknapp after John Utaka failed to emerge for the second half at Fratton Park.

Redknapp's instructions heightened speculation Taylor was growing frustrated at the south coast club, with Reading, Fulham and Sunderland all keen to recruit the versatile defender in the January transfer window.

But Taylor, who has played over 200 times for Pompey since a £400,000 move from Luton in summer 2002, is not grumbling about his situation.

Writing in his blog on the Setanta Sports website, Taylor said: "There were probably a few raised eyebrows when I played on the right, but I'm happy playing there - it's not strange to me and I'm happy playing either side.

"I feel I'm more than capable of holding my own against any Premier League side on the right and when I looked in the mirror that night, I was satisfied with what I had done.

"That's all I can do, train well, play well and then see who Harry selects."

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