Saviola desperate for move

Striker may be kept at the club, despite transfer links

Saviola: uncertainty taking its toll

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Javier Saviola has pleaded for an end to his Real Madrid hell, amid reports of interest from Portsmouth.

Saviola has rarely been afforded a run in the Madrid team since signing from arch-rivals Barcelona in 2007, but his chances of first-team action further worsened with the arrival of Juande Ramos as head coach in December.

Saviola now stands well behind Gonzalo Higuain and new-signing Klass Jan Huntelaar in the pecking order, and the striker has admitted that the lack of competitive football has begun to hurt him.

"It's a difficult situation. You have to be very strong mentally because as each game goes by without playing you are destroyed a little more psychologically," the 27-year-old told sports daily Marca.

"I spoke to Juande (Ramos) to find out where I stood. I told him I needed to play and, if I wasn't in his plans, to notify the management to allow me to go during the January transfer window because this situation is intolerable."

'Thrown in the air'

Saviola had been expected to exit the club last summer after less than a year in the Spanish capital, but prospective moves to Newcastle and Boca Juniors never materialised.

Subsequently, Saviola arranged with the Madrid hierarchy to sit it out until the January transfer window, prompting strong interest from Fratton Park in recent weeks.

However, with the recent resignation of Club President Raman Calderon a fortnight ago, the Argentine's prior agreements with Madrid have since been cast the into serious doubt.

"The club imposed a series of conditions for me to be able to go in January even though they said they still counted on me but it has all been thrown in the air by the resignation of the club president last week," Saviola added.

"Now the board say they do not want to tamper with the team."