Bartosz Bialkowski dreams of Premier League, but daughter wants him to stay at Ipswich Town
Ipswich Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski will not be short of suitors this summer, but the fans’ favourite insists he will have no problem if the club once again stick a ‘not for sale’ label on him.
The Polish custodian, 29, has been a star man in a struggling team since the start of 2016 and the club rebuffed plenty of enquiries about his availability during the January transfer window.
Speaking ahead of two crunch home games against fellow Championship relegation fighters Birmingham and Wigan, he said: “There were a couple of questions about me (in January), I’d rather not say from who, but it’s not up to me, it’s up to Ipswich if they want to sell me or not.
“I am so happy here, me and my family absolutely love this place, so there is no need for a change.
“My daughter Nadia is getting older, she is seven-and-a-half now and she understands football. The other day she asked me about our future and where we are going to live in a couple of years time. I said ‘it’s difficult, we might go and live somewhere else’ and she started crying! That tells you how much we love this place and how we’ve settled here.
“The first thing you need to think about is your family and your kids.”
Bialkowski, who is contracted until 2018 with the club holding the option of another year on top of that, added: “I’m fine with that if the club says ‘we want to keep you’. That’s absolutely fine. But then again we all have dreams and want to play at the highest level possible.
“It’s my dream to play in the Premier League, but I’ve still got a contract and I’m happy to stay here.”
Gianfranco Zola’s Birmingham arrive at Portman Road on Saturday having won just two matches in 2017. That’s the same record as Ipswich, with the two teams both just five points above the drop zone with eight games to play.
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“Obviously we are in a stage of the season when we need these points badly,” said Bialkowski. “I don’t feel nervous because I am doing a job I love. Why would you be nervous doing the thing you dreamed about doing when you were young?
“I’m sure we are not going to be fighting until the last day. I’m quite confident because we have so much quality in that team.”
He added: “The fans are massive for us. I know they are disappointed, but I hope they stay behind us because we really need them.”