Westerveld's Pompey revelations
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sander Westerveld could be set to quit Portsmouth after becoming disillusioned with life.
Sander Westerveld could be set to quit Portsmouth after the goalkeeper revealed his astonishing disillusionment with life at Fratton Park.
If new co-owner Alexandre Gaydamak believed he had bought in to a prosperous club then he should think again, claimed the Dutchman.
Indeed the former Liverpool and Real Sociedad goalkeeper believes his career is in real jeopardy should he remain at the South Coast club for much longer.
"My career is in real danger. I don't count anymore - I'm a nobody," said Westerveld, who has replaced the injured Pompey first choice Jamie Ashdown in recent matches.
"And when I have a bad day that's when you think you must quit.
"For the first time in my life I don't sleep at night. I'm not myself anymore - I even thought about seeing a shrink."
Westerveld believes Portsmouth's decline can be traced back to the summer clear-out carried out by former manager Alain Perrin which accounted for the departures of several influential performers.
"Portsmouth have sold a lot of important players recently," added the 31-year-old.
"Steve Stone was our best midfielder and Yakubu scored goals yet both were sold.
"But the biggest mistake was to sell Arjan de Zeeuw.
"That's because he is a leader on and off the pitch. We don't have a team right now and we don't have a leader.
"We're all splintered - there's a group of Africans, a group of Yugoslavians and a group of guys from England."
Fortunately for Westerveld it would appear that Feyenoord could be set to hand the Dutchman an escape route out of Fratton Park, provided 38-year-old Patrick Lodewijks decides to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
The Eredivisie side are set to meet with Lodewijks this week and should the keeper call it a day then the Rotterdam club have lined up Westerveld as a replacement.
New club record signing Mwaruwari Benjani has also conceded that he may have to seek pastures new this summer - if Pompey fail to retain their Premiership status.
Harry Redknapp's side are firmly entrenched in the bottom three and the £4.1 million striker admits he has already considered a contingency plan.
"The risk is they are in the bottom part of The Premiership and if they get relegated it will be my problem trying to seek to move to another club," said Benjani.