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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2007, 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK
Kanu seeks Portsmouth respect
By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

Nwankwo Kanu
Kanu has been in good goalscoring form this season

Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu says he expects Portsmouth officials to reciprocate his loyalty by offering him a more lucrative offer than the one-year extension on the table.

The 30-year-old joined the Premiership side on a one-year contract last August and after 12 goals this season, he expects better treatment from the Premiership club.

"The club know how committed I am because I've had to play four games with a bad knee when other strikers were out with injuries," the Super Eagle told BBC Sport.

"I have been travelling four hours shuttling between London and Portsmouth while I also give 100 per cent every time I play, which shows sacrifice and commitment on my part.

"Now it's all down to the people I've given so much to also turn around and reciprocate that commitment."

Kanu says the one-year extension proposed by manager Harry Redknapp is highly disrespectful.

"I've had to drive two hours to training and two hours back, which takes a lot of time and is quite stressful for a footballer," he explained.

"It takes four to five months to find a house and settle in and by the next five months the season is over which makes the one-year deal insufficient.

"And when you have a young family like mine you want to settle down and focus on football.

"Money is not the key here: the motivation is to play football because you love it first and then as a professional it puts food on your table.

"What they are offering at the moment is highly disrespectful."

Kanu, who has been linked with a move to former club Ajax Amsterdam, has been in English football since 1999.



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