Aaron Cresswell will ignore any January transfer window speculation
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Aaron Cresswell today assures Ipswich Town fans ‘I’m going nowhere’.
The 24-year-old has been described as ‘the best left-back in the Championship’ by Blues boss Mick McCarthy and has been linked with numerous Premier League clubs over the last two summers.
He signed a contract extension until 2017 just a few weeks ago, but McCarthy admitted that he would not stand in the way of the defender if a top-flight club made a significant bid during the January transfer window
Indeed, McCarthy spoke of a hypothetical chain reaction in which Everton may sell England international Leighton Baines for big money and then seek Cresswell as a replacement. However, Cresswell – a passionate Liverpool fan – says he is in no rush to leave midway through the season and is fully committed to helping Town try and maintain their current top six status over the coming months.
“I just get on with my football,” he said, speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit of QPR. “Whatever (transfer speculation) gets said is out of my hands, but I’m happy down in Ipswich and that’s why I’ve signed a new deal. I love it down here.
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“As I’ve said before, every player wants to play at the highest level. To get there with Ipswich would kill two birds with one stone.
“We’re in the top six now and we want to stay there.”
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Cresswell has missed just five games out of a possible 122 during his two-and-a-half years at Portman Road and currently leads the Championship assists charts with 10. Town have so far paid £420,000 of a tribunal-set transfer fee to Tranmere Rovers, while they would have to hand over a further £100,000 should they gain promotion to the top-flight this season. The League One club would receive 20% of any profit the Blues make on the full-back.