Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis has revealed that he has no intention of leaving the club this month amid reported transfer interest from Championship side Blackburn Rovers, according to the Portsmouth News.
Curtis has been attracting transfer interest after netting 10 goals in his last 17 appearances for a resurgent Portsmouth side, but it now appears the Republic of Ireland international will remain at Fratton Park until the summer at the very least.
The 23-year-old has emerged as a target for Tony Mowbray’s side as they aim to bolster their attacking options before the end of the month, and this had seen Curtis’ future clouded with uncertainty due to his upcoming contract expiration in the summer.
However, Curtis has now stated that he has no desire to leave Portsmouth in the midst of their League One promotion push this term, with the attacker having now claimed that he will happily enter the Championship with Pompey next season.
“There have been no talks yet of leaving, but I love this club to pieces and hopefully I’ll go up with this team,” Curtis told the Portsmouth News.
“I’m not really ready to leave yet. I expect to be here after the transfer window, unless the manager gets rid of me! I’m happy to be here.”
Curtis has been a stand-out performer since joining Portsmouth from Derry City back in 2018, with the winger having now scored an impressive total of 24 goals in his 79 appearances for Kenny Jackett’s side.
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Portsmouth have enjoyed an excellent upturn in fortunes over the last couple of months following an underwhelming start to the season, and Curtis has been integral to this by rediscovering his goalscoring form since the start of November.
This means his pledge to the Fratton Park outfit until the end of the season will come as a huge boost to Pompey fans, particularly seeing as Curtis looks set to be a key player in any potential promotion push for Jackett’s side before the end of the season.
There can be no doubt that Curtis capable of playing at a higher level after excelling in the third tier of late, but it appears the attacker’s preference would be to reach the Championship in a blue shirt following this recent claim.
It would be a statement of Pompey’s intent if they can retain Curtis’ services this campaign, and the fact he appears keen to remain at Fratton Park indicates the positive direction in which the club appears to be heading.