I'll be back again next year (at Pompey ... perhaps)
By Site reporter
Wednesday 06 Apr 2011 21:28:00
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On-loan defender Ritchie de Laet says he would love to return to Pompey next season if his situation at Manchester United allows. The Belgian says he is loving life at Fratton and has never known team spirit like he has found here.

That's one bit of good news for Pompey - another is that Liam Lawrence has declared himself fit for the end of the season, allaying fears he had picked up a knee injury. He is likely to be fit to face Preston on Saturday.


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de Laet has done well since arriving on loan in January, his spell in the team coinciding with the team's significant rise up the Championship table. So his revelation he is open to the idea of playing for the Blues again next season will be welcomed by fans.

He told The News: 'I would definitely like to come back to Portsmouth. This must be my best season because I am playing that many games and I feel I am improving as a player all the time through that experience.

‘The plan is to get back to Manchester United and I haven’t heard anything different. I am a loanee, I need to go back to my parent club afterwards and see what happens in the summer. But everything is open at the moment. Obviously, I have only one year left there so I would like to do something about that in the summer first.

‘If we can get something done and I sign a new deal at United then I want to come back here. Definitely. At Portsmouth the guys have been great and the supporters have been great as well. It’s a big club, it has a good tradition and should be in the Premier League.

‘The fans have been unbelievable. It’s a good squad of players and the gaffer is unbelievable as well. There is everything for me to come back for. I live in Old Portsmouth, it’s nice. I am there with the wife and the kid and am enjoying my life there.

‘I have never, ever played in a team with a team spirit like this. Never, ever. It is not a big squad so that might have helped as well because if somebody doesn’t get along it will be noticed straight away. But it’s not like that at all. In training there’s laughing from the moment the first ball is kicked until the last ball has been kicked.

‘Before games the spirit is there, with plenty of laughing and joking. We take the mickey out of each other and it’s a great place to be.’

Meanwhile Lawrence says he does not need time in the treatment room despite a knee injury scare at Reading. He said: ‘I’ve had the scan now and it has shown everything is all right. The knee is fine, touch wood, which is a relief. I’m okay and should be available for selection against Preston at the weekend.’

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