Cotterill keen to retain duo
Steve Cotterill has confirmed he wants promising pair Nadir Ciftci and Matt Ritchie to sign extended contracts.
Last Updated: 16/09/10 2:39pm
Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill has confirmed he wants promising pair Nadir Ciftci and Matt Ritchie to sign extended contracts.
The pair have featured prominently for Pompey throughout the early stages of the campaign following relegation from the Premier League.
Cotterill has been pleased with what he has seen from the duo and with their deals due to expire next summer, he wants to resolve their futures.
Pompey's boss knows the youngsters are not the finished article by any means, although he wants to ensure the club do not lose them.
"We want to give both Nadir and Matt new contracts," Cotterill told The News. "It is something we need to look at.
"I want them to remain here simply because they've done well and their contracts are running out at the end of the season.
"Whether they stay here in the future or not is another thing, but they are two good young lads I would like to continue working with.
"Obviously, they have still a lot to learn and we have to be careful.
"Some people are clamouring for Nadir to be in the team and portray him to be the best thing since sliced bread.
"But we also saw against Ipswich what happens to the other side of him when he didn't do too well.
"I think I will carry on doing what I want to do with that one and he might just turn into a player."