« Back

Exclusive | Sylvain Deslandes on Kenny Jackett & Portsmouth: “He basically made me a professional.”

Speaking as part of an exclusive interview with Get French Football News, 23-year-old French central defender discussed his affinity with Kenny Jackett and why a loan spell with Portsmouth in 2018 was not as successful as he might have hoped.

“I met Kenny when I was at Wolves. He is basically the man who made me a professional, who made me discover the top level. I remember, he needed a left-back at Portsmouth. So I went on loan there but I was, at the time, in a transitional phase towards my natural position, which is centre-back. So my experience at Portsmouth didn’t really go as planned, as when I arrived I realised that this loan wasn’t the best thing for them nor for me, in terms of development. But I learned a lot nonetheless.”

Latest news