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Kranjcar prepared for Pompey exit

February 24, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Croatian international Niko Kranjcar expects Portsmouth to cash in on him in the summer if no contract extension is forthcoming before the end of the season.

GettyImagesNiko Kranjcar: One of the few stars left at Portsmouth.

The 24-year-old has only 18 months to run on his current deal but Portsmouth have shelved contract talks until the end of the season and Kranjcar believes he will "probably" be sold.

The Premier League club sold Lassana Diarra to Real Madrid for £20m and Jermain Defoe to Tottenham Hotspur for £15m in the January transfer window, amid rumours they are feeling the effects of the global credit crunch.

Kranjcar said: "We've had discussions about a new contract, but we've put them on hold until the summer.

"I've got my contract for another year and a half and I'm happy to see it out. But if I don't sign another one, the club will probably try to sell me in the summer.

"If a top-four club or big clubs from Europe come in, of course I would like to go and play in the Champions League."