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Diego Maradona Dismisses Portsmouth Link

Argentina coach Diego Maradona has ruled out a move to Premier League side Portsmouth.

Pompey are currently in the process of a takeover by Arab billionaire Dr. Sulaiman Al Fahim, and it is expected that massive transfer funds will be available during the January window.

However, their managerial future is far from certain, with many expecting current boss Paul Hart to be replaced.

However, as the takeover of the club continues to take shape, Pompey seem willing to keep Hart on as manager.

Maradona was linked with the top job at Fratton Park recently, and was then thought to be joining Pompey as an ambassador, but the Argentina legend has rejected these rumours, saying he wishes to remain as coach of the Argentine national team.

Speaking to Ole, Maradona said, "In no way would I abandon ship. Light blue and white blood runs through my veins.

"I'll say more. I've signed the contract and agreed to coach [the team] at the Copa America in 2011."

Meanwhile, Portsmouth continue their pre-season campaign, with Hart stating that he expects some new players to arrive in the next couple of weeks.

The south coast club have recently been linked with moves for Hajduk Split striker Nikola Kalinic and former Pompey player Benjani Mwaruwari, who has endured a tough time at Manchester City since his move from Fratton Park last year.

Nick Turner, Goal.com