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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June, 2005, 08:29 GMT 09:29 UK
Mandaric gives Ashdown assurance
Portsmouth keeper Jamie Ashdown
Ashdown established himself as Pompey's number one
Chairman Milan Mandaric has assured goalkeer Jamie Ashdown that he has a future at Portsmouth.

Portsmouth are embroiled in a row with Norwich over claims they were quoted 2.5m for keeper Robert Green.

Ashdown, 24, established himself as number one at Fratton Park ahead of Kostas Chalkias, and after Shaka Hislop's release.

But Mandaric told BBC Radio Solent: "We rate Jamie highly and whoever is the best keeper will be number one."

The Pompey chairman admitted they are looking to bolster their goalkeeping options, but said coach Alain Perrin would have the final say on who was brought in.

We've had no contact with Portsmouth whatsoever about Robert
Norwich chief executive Neil Doncaster

Mandaric said: "It's Alain's responsibility and choice, that's why we employ a coach.

"I couldn't tell you who is going to be first or second choice, that's down to Alain."

Norwich reacted angrily to Mandaric's claim that the Canaries are willing to let newly capped England international Green go.

Mandaric had claimed: "We were trying to see if Green would be available and for what money.

"We asked Norwich and they told us they would sell him for 2.5m."

But Canaries chief executive Neil Doncaster said: "This is totally inaccurate. We have had no contact with Portsmouth whatsoever about Robert."

He added on the club website: "We have spoken to Portsmouth expressing our anger and disappointment about their claims, which are wholly without foundation."


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