It might be a long summer for Portsmouth.
After an already brilliant season that has seen Pompey claim the EFL Trophy and potential snatch a promotion spot to the Championship, it’s only natural that some of their star players catch the eyes of the teams in the higher divisions, and one figure who is attracting interest is Matt Clarke.
According to the Times, the defender is wanted by Championship sides Leeds United and Stoke City after an impressive season at Pompey that saw the 22-year-old be picked in the League One Team of the Season.
Reportedly valued at £4 million by Portsmouth, Clarke is a player with the potential to go all the way to the top in English football, but for at least this summer it is vital the south coast club keep hold of their prized defensive asset for another season.
If Pompey are promoted to the Championship this season, the club must do everything they can to keep hold of Clarke.
The defender has been with the club since their League Two days and would relish representing Portsmouth in the second-tier of English football if the club can make it this season.
Not only would another season with Pompey in a better league be beneficial for Clarke in terms of his development and getting regular minutes in the Championship, it will also be a smart move for the club, who could get a few more millions out of their defender should they decide to cash in on him in 2020.
Clarke is a player who can go far in England, at just 22 and over 150 first-team appearances in the Football League not many players in that age bracket can bolster the CV the defender already has, but it would be a smart move for both him and the club if he was to remain a Pompey player at least for another season.
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