Portsmouth defender Christian Burgess says he is yet to agree a new contract with the club, and has claimed that he has offers of a move to other clubs on the table as well.
Burgess’ contract at Fratton Park is set to expire at the end of the season, and while it seems both parties are open to the possibility of a new deal, the defender himself has confirmed that terms he and the club have yet to come to an agreement over the terms of an extension to his time at the club.
Speaking about negotiations of a new contract at Portsmouth, Burgess told The Athletic’s Going Up Going Down podcast: “It’s a little bit of the unknown.
“There were some negotiations, I’m still in contact with the club and that sort of contact will continue. We’re not panicking just yet.”
Discussing the impact the current suspension of football in England could have on negotiations about his future, and the options he has away from Portsmouth, Burgess continued: “Nobody knows what’s going to happen, so whether the season’s going to be finished before June or whether it’s going to go on longer than the current contract is, we don’t know. We just have to play it by ear.
“You know, I’m lucky as there’s an offer there, a couple of offers, and you know perhaps some people not in that boat might be a bit more worried. It’s probably those that I feel for.”
Since joining Pompey from Peterborough in the summer of 2015, Burgess has made a total of 208 appearances for the south coast club, scoring 12 goals and helping them win the League Two title in the 2016/17 season.
This is an interesting one.
Given the influence he has had on Portsmouth in recent seasons, you imagine the club themselves will be keen to retain the services of Burgess if possible.
However, you have to wonder if the defender himself will feel the same way, since he may want to see how the remainder of the campaign plays out before making a decision on his future.
With Portsmouth still in the battle for promotion to the Championship this season, they may need to win that race to convince the defender to stay, given his performances mean it may not be a huge surprise if the source of those offers for Burgess is indeed the second-tier.