Kranjčar expects summer exit

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Croatian star Niko Kranjčar has confirmed that he expects to leave Portsmouth in the summer.

The former Dinamo Zagreb playmaker looked set to follow in the footsteps of Glen Johnson by committing his long-term future to Pompey.

But despite talks have begun over a new deal, he is likely to leave Fratton Park at the end of the season.

He told Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List: "I am waiting (for a move) there is no rush.

"Until the end of the season I will be with Portsmouth.

"After that the club will make a decision on what is best, and they will probably sell me - even though we have started negotiations over a new deal."

The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with a switch to Tottenham, where his former boss Harry Redknapp is now in charge.

The North London outfit might perhaps be viewed as the logical next destination for Kranjčar, especially as there is already a strong Croatian presence with Luka Modrić and Vedran Ćorluka already installed as regulars in the Spurs first-team.

Kranjčar, however, dismissed speculation that he had talks with Spurs about a possible switch to White Hart Lane, claiming that Modrić's presence at Tottenham was actually the very reason he would be unlikely to be linking up once more with Redknapp.

He added: "Redknapp has not called me, and anyway my position there is well covered with Luka Modrić playing well."

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