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‘I’ve been in his ear to see if we can get him back next year’ – Chambers on Carter-Vickers

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 March 2018

Cameron Carter-Vickers wins a towering header against Preston's Callum Robinson. Photo: Pagepix

Cameron Carter-Vickers wins a towering header against Preston's Callum Robinson. Photo: Pagepix

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Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers is already trying to persuade Tottenham loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers to return to Portman Road next season.

Carter-Vickers has been a revelation since his arrival late in the January transfer window with Town conceding just five goals in the nine games he’s played.

The 20-year-old, who spent the first half of the campaign at Sheffield United, is unlikely to be for sale this summer but may well be available on a season-long loan deal given the options at Mauricio Pochettino’s disposal.

“It baffles me how we could get him halfway through a Championship season,” said Chambers, speaking ahead of tonight’s Championship visit of Hull City.

“He’s a fanatic capture for us. I think he’s been different class.

“He’s a great lad to have around the place and he’s still only young. I’ve been in his ear to see if we can get him back next year and try to get it done now!”

Blues boss Mick McCarthy switched to a back three midway through February, with Chambers flanked by Carter-Vickers and the fit-again Adam Webster.

Town are looking rock-solid at the back and have kept five clean sheets in their last 10 games, losing just twice in that time.

“I love it,” enthused Chambers. “I’ve enjoyed my football since (a switch to the back three in) the Norwich game more than I have done in a long time. I feel like I’ve got two lads next to me that are up there with the best defenders in the league.

“They can go and attack the ball because they know they have the slight insurance of me behind them. I feel I can use my experience to help them and cover for them if needs be. We’ve performed well and we haven’t conceded goals.

“I’ve spoken about Cameron. And if we can keep Adam Webster fit we all know what quality he can bring. It’s nice to see him playing week-in, week-out at the moment after his injuries.”

Meanwhile, the Blues skipper has ruled out ever becoming the club’s player-manager.

The 32-year-old, who has been taking his coaching badges and made no secret of his desire to become a manager, said: “That’s for the future. I would never be a player-manager though. I don’t think you can combine the two. I wouldn’t want to.

“I’ve got lots of playing time left yet hopefully.

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Jonas Knudsen was an unused substitute as Denmark beat Panama 1-0 in Copenhagen last night.

Stuart Watson, Andy Warren and Mike Bacon are joined by Phil Ham of TWTD to discuss the state of Ipswich Town heading into the final weeks of the season.

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