Toddy sets sights on Blues return

Svetoslav Todorov salutes the 'amazing' Pompey fans. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131047-8)
Svetoslav Todorov salutes the 'amazing' Pompey fans. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131047-8)

Svetoslav Todorov has reopened the door to a Pompey comeback after revealing he has held fresh talks over a possible return to Fratton Park.

The Bulgarian striker, who fired the Blues to the Premier League a decade ago, was back at the club playing as a guest in Tuesday’s friendly with IBV.

But the 34-year-old – who is now a free agent after leaving Ukrainian outfit FC Hoverla Uzhhorod – met with chairman-elect Iain McInnes and Blues boss Guy Whittingham on Monday evening for informal discussions.

And while Todorov was coy about his hopes of rejoining, he clearly fancies another stint at Pompey to be a part of the club’s exciting new era.

Todorov said: ‘I had talks with the chairman and Guy on Monday night and we will see what has come up from everything.

‘That’s all I can say. We had a meeting and it was a lot of respect from them to welcome me back.

‘Firstly, to invite me and then to meet me before the game. It was good.

‘Yes I would be keen to come back. There have been talks and we’ll see what happens.

‘It’s a special club – that’s for sure.

‘At the moment, I am enjoying life, talking with people and we’ll see what will happen.

‘There are a few options so I will make my decision but I still love to play football and that’s the main thing.

‘After football you can enjoy life and there is plenty of time but I don’t know how long I can play – maybe one, two or three years. Who knows?’

A contractual dispute with his old Ukrainian club meant Todorov was unable to rejoin Pompey this season when the idea was mooted – but that obstacle is no longer in place.

He said: ‘There was talk in January but I could not sort my problems with the Ukrainian team. It was too late after that.

‘I solved them but it was after the transfer window closed, so it was impossible after that.

‘I always look forward and don’t look back on things that don’t happen.

‘That is how things are supposed to be and that’s life sometimes.

‘But I’m out of contract now and I’m a free agent.’

Despite playing in the top flight for Pompey, Todorov insists League Two holds no fears for him.

He said: ‘The club will start from there – that’s the reality.

‘For Portsmouth to have a club is amazing.

‘Yes the club is going down but the positive is that there is a Portsmouth Football Club and they have the ground.

‘I can’t imagine Portsmouth without Fratton Park.

‘So people should look forward to next season.

‘Players will still want to play for Portsmouth.

‘The fans make the difference to everything.

‘That is why players will come here and not choose somewhere else.

‘They are the most amazing fans.’