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Thursday, January 14, 2010
John Utaka denies talk of January exit

Soccernet staff

John Utaka is adamant he is "very happy" at Portsmouth, despite speculation that he will be one of a number of players to leave the club in January.

Utaka joined Portsmouth in a 7 million deal from Rennes in the summer of 2007 but he has failed to impress at Fratton Park, making only 31 league starts for the club.

With the forward reportedly one of the club's high earners, it has been reported that Utaka will be sacrificed in January as the club seek to ease their financial problems, with French club Sochaux mentioned as a possible destination.

But having impressed in his last appearance - Tuesday night's FA Cup victory over Coventry - Utaka is not contemplating leaving the club at present.

"To be honest I don't know anything," Utaka told the Portsmouth News. "I keep going and I will see how it goes. I'll keep working hard and working hard for Pompey. That's why I am here. Then we will see what goes on.

"I don't believe in speculation. It doesn't matter. I'm a footballer. I have to do what I have come here to do. Football is a difficult game, but you always keep going. It's what I love to do. I keep going no matter what.

"I need to be playing, but we will see how it goes. I'm happy. I'm very, very happy to be honest. But we will see what happens."

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