Mokoena hopes for Pompey return

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Aaron Mokoena claims three Premier League clubs are courting his services, but the South Africa defender admits his heart is still with Portsmouth.

The 29-year-old, who led his country at the World Cup in his homeland, has two years to run on his current contract at Fratton Park though reports in recent weeks have linked him to West Ham and Bolton, but he still wants time to mull over his future.

"I can confirm that there are a number of offers from several big clubs - three in the English Premier League, two in Qatar and one in Turkey," Mokoena told Sowetan.

He added: "There are a number of things I am still assessing, though, and I will decide some time next week."

Portsmouth were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season and have since appointed a new coach in Steve Cotterill.

But Mokoena revealed they were still desperate for him to stay and form the backbone of their rebuilding programme.

He added: "I had a meeting with the technical staff members of Portsmouth a few days ago to discuss my future with the club in the new season.

"Portsmouth have made it clear they want to rebuild the club around me.

"They are confident the club will bounce back to the English Premier League in the following (2011-12) season and wanted me to be there to guide the new team they are building for the future.

"I have to confess my heart is still there at Portsmouth and they are offering me a new contract if I remain with the club."

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