The Algerian wingback and a pivotal player in the national squad's entry into the World Cup is ready to quit Portsmouth, frustrated by his lack of playing time.
He has only featured in two of Pompey's Carling Cup fixtures this season. The former Lens player is getting worried that the lack of playing time will affect his preparation for the World Cup. With the transfer window looming large, he is now voicing his dissatisfaction with staying on the club. From an interview with Algerian media:
"While the players who go into World Cup play, I am confined to the bench and this does not suit me."
"I do not want to get to go to the World Cup without competition in my legs."
"So my sporting interests command me to go and look for playing time at another club."
Algeria meet USA in a final group C encounter that might decide which country progresses to the next round in the World Cup.
With Pompey now facing problems with paying their players and regular stories of impending administration, they could do without a dissatisfied player to bring down locker room morale. Plus, Belhadj's transfer could fetch some much needed money.