Campbell signs new deal with Portsmouth

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Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell has signed a new two-year deal with the club. Campbell's contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but the 32-year-old has signed a deal that will keep him at Fratton Park until the end of the 2008-09 season.

Campbell has made 36 appearances for Pompey since joining from Arsenal last summer and was recently recalled to the England squad before injury ruled him out of Steve McClaren's plans.

Campbell, who was recently made club captain, said: "I'm delighted to have signed a new contract. It's dragged on a bit but everything's been resolved. There's always a bit of speculation around the transfer window but thankfully that's over now and I can just concentrate on playing football."

David Nugent is adamant he will fight to get his place back for Portsmouth – and England. The former Preston North End striker looked surplus to requirements at Fratton Park only two months after his £6m arrival at Fratton Park when manager Harry Redknapp admitted he could sell him in the August transfer window.

A proposed move to Derby County did not materialise, however, and now Nugent insists: "There was no way I wanted to leave. That's why all the speculation was so frustrating. People were saying I wanted to leave when I didn't. I've only been here two months and I signed a four-year contract. Now I want to stay as long as possible and fire Portsmouth into Europe."

Nugent has scored only one goal for Portsmouth – in the Carling Cup against Leeds – and been consigned to the bench for the past three league games. He has also lost his place in the full England squad after being called up for the first time in March when he came on as a substitute against Andorra and scored.

Nugent was one of the few players training at Fratton Park this week during the international break because he is now too old for the England Under-21 side in which he was a regular.

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