Redknapp wanted Boateng stay

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Harry Redknapp has admitted he wanted to keep hold of Kevin-Prince Boateng this summer.

Boateng made a £4million switch to Portsmouth this summer, having found first-team appearances hard to come by since joining the club in the summer of 2007.

Having made the switch to Fratton Park, Boateng has been a regular and has impressed in a poor team with a string of good performances.

KPB has already scored twice for Portsmouth, including grabbing their solitary goal against Spurs on Saturday and Redknapp has said he was disappointed to lose him.

“When I came in, Boateng was injured, I think he’d had problems and they’d loaned him out.

“I was only listening to what other people were telling me about his character, the way he was behaving off the field and it wasn’t painting a very good picture if I’m honest.

“But when I looked at him play I thought, ‘this kid can really play.’

“To be honest I wasn’t keen to sell him. I think it was a good offer and the chairman obviously felt that maybe he needed to move on for his career.”

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